ManagerFilter: Improving Staff Morale
May 24, 2005 1:59 PM Subscribe
ManagerFilter:Need some easy, cost-effective tips for making the workday more fun and upbeat.
posted by Miko to work & money (17 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I work in a mid-size museum, and our front-line staff of historic interpreters is kind of down in the dumps. We had some changes in benefits that were unwelcome, coinciding with several illnesses among staff, and also coinciding with two weeks of the coldest, most heinous spring weather I can remember. These folks have to slog through the mud and rain to give tours, etc. I'm looking for some ways to make everyone feel more appreciated and add some small enjoyment to daily work.
1. It's a highly educated work force, so anything cutesy or patronizing (balloons, insincere cheerleading) may fall flat.
2. There's no budget for this, and I can't make a very big personal outlay. Perks that are cheap or free to give will be welcome.
3. We need things that will fit into a normal workday - things we can do for people, leave in a mailbox, or say. We don't ever have the whole staff in one room, so parties, all-staff lunches, or things to do in meetings won't help here.
So if you've got any ideas - from either a boss or an employee perspective -- please post them here. What's one of the nicest little surprises or lagniappes you've experienced at work? Thanks.