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4 core ingredients for a high-morale team

Over the last few years it would be fair to say that there has been an increased emphasis on high-morale teams. Once upon a time, companies barely gave it a second thought, but now it is at the forefront of a lot of company philosophies and in truth, it's for very good reason.

Following on from this, today is all about how you can inject a better atmosphere into your team. We'll now look at four methods you can achieve this with.

Embrace corporate summer events

If we were to roll back the clock a couple of decades, this is something that was only reserved for those occasions where companies were wining and dining their clients. Suffice to say, corporate events have come on significantly since then and one only has to look at the summer party events from Team Tactics to see this in full detail.

While companies may have traditionally seen them as a "holiday out of the office", now they are regarded as very good for long-term team morale. As many of these events incorporate various team building activities, they can boost the way in which employees work together as well.

The power of feedback (both positive and negative)

It's a small step, but congratulating an employee on doing something good for the business is a practice which just doesn't happen nearly enough. It's these small comments, whether they have come internally or perhaps from an external company that you work with, which can really make a difference to an employee's mood and the way in which they feel about their work.

Something which is perhaps done too much is the delivery of negative feedback. Sure, this needs to be given, but be careful about how you do it. The cliché of turning a negative into a positive should be adopted here; you don't want to alienate your employees because of simple mistakes.

Promoting from within

Another way to raise morale is show the potential that exists within your team. Rather than looking to hire from outside the company at the first opportunity, see which employees might be able to make the step up internally. This is something that can send out a really strong message to the rest of the company: there is room to progress if you perform well.

Show how each one of your employees is part of the bigger picture

Something that a lot of employees complain about is not being part of the wider company success. They see themselves as a "cog", rather than someone who can truly influence things, and this is obviously anything but motivating.

Rather than just honing in on senior managements, try and show everyone just how important their role is in the organization. Even if they are based in a position involving fairly manual work, show how without this the organization would simply grind to a halt. This can deliver a sense of importance to everyone at the company and ultimately make them feel a bit better about their work.