Note. This is Part 1 of a two-part discussion on how HR can make themselves a strategic partner to the business via compelling initiatives designed to lift morale, energize the workplace, and resultantly increase revenue.
Following are some low-cost/no-cost ways to up the morale during this down economy, thereby upping both productivity and the revenue. For remaining 22 fool-proof ideas along with 7 Mistakes Managers Make During a Downturn Economy, email [email protected] for the rest of the ways to rev up morale.
- Get rid of “subordinates” – call your employees Teammates instead.
- TRANSPARENT, open and honest – how much? GIVING Bad news better than no news
- Periodically hold a Q and A session with senior team members and invite everyone – decide meeting space based upon how many sign up to be there.
- Consider Going Virtual on Fridays or whatever time frame your particular system can support.
- Food always feels nurturing, so offer donuts or pastries or chips when there are gatherings.
- Barter/trade when possible with vendors–clean trade/ zero funds
- Tell those in customer service to say, “My pleasure” rather than “No problem.”
- Good news notice board /compliments clients, photos having fun, newspaper clippings
- Hiring – offer lower wage during probationary period. (Research Georgia Works Program)
- Be on the lookout for articles with tips for specific departments and forward them on in order to position yourself as a strategic partner to the business.
Note. Be on the lookout for Part 2, which will address how HR team players can create buy-in once they have decided which of the 39 initiatives (of which 10 are presented here) they wish to introduce in their quest to make HR a strategic partner to the business.