When it comes to raising employee morale, a heartening speech full of empty promises may not be the tactic you’re looking for. And a weekly lunch on the company dime could be too little, too late. Although you can institute an ongoing plan to show employees that their contributions are valued and that your company cares about their happiness and well-being, you may need something a bit more immediate to snap them out of their general malaise. So here are just a few audio books that you can help you form both short- and long-term strategies that will get burnt-out employees back in the game and increase productivity.
- The Three Signs of a Miserable Job: A Fable for Managers (and their employees) by Patrick Lencioni. According to Lencioni, the single most prevalent cause of miserable employees is a poor relationship with their direct supervisor, which means the onus is on you to improve your interpersonal skills and the way you approach handling your employees if you hope to have any influence on their level of motivation. This is actually good news for most managers because it means that the keys to success are in their hands. And Lencioni’s fable will give you the tools you need to turn around a low-morale situation and become the best manager you can be.
- Leadership and Vision: 25 Keys to Motivation (The New York Times Pocket MBA Series) by Ramon J. Aldag and Buck Joseph. Whether you’re new to management or you’ve been struggling along for years, this handy guide to offering guidance to employees is chock full of tips and tricks designed to help you do better. You’ll soon increase efficiency amongst individual workers (and between departments) and have your employees reporting higher levels of satisfaction in the process.
- 100 Ways to Motivate Others: How Great Leaders Can Produce Insane Results Without Driving People Crazy by Steve Chandler and Scott Richardson. Well, the title of the audio book kind of says it all. You definitely don’t want to make your employees crazy through your efforts to motivate them. And with simple tips like “first just relax”, “stop talking”, and “tell the truth” you might be pleasantly surprised by how simple it actually is to interact with your employees on a level that is relatable and constructive rather than demeaning or outright mean.
- Hug Your People: The Proven Way to Hire, Inspire and Recognize Your Employees and Achieve Remarkable Results by Jack Mitchell. Mitchell’s goal here is to help employers realize that the way they treat their employees is just as important as the way employees treat customers (and one follows the other). The basic tenets he uses to run his own successful business are imparted here in lessons as simple as being nice, showing trust, and recognizing accomplishments and rewarding them (both financially and emotionally).
- The 5 Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace: Empowering Organizations and Encouraging People by Gary Chapman and Paul White. If you find that your workforce is beset by negativity, chances are the management is to blame, and Chapman and White posit that it’s because you’re speaking different languages. Their guidebook will teach even small businesses how to get on the same page with employees by showing appreciation, increasing loyalty, and creating a positive work environment that fosters growth, creativity, and productivity (not to mention happy and motivated employees).
Sarah Danielson writes for Midwest HR Illinois Employee Benefits Management. Midwest HR offers innovative HR solutions to organizations that are focused on productivity, profitability, and growth.