Many employers have reported struggling with negative workplace morale during the pandemic. It’s a significant and detrimental issue for many organizations around the pharmaceutical industry because it can lead to lower productivity and increased turnover. Let’s take a look at some things that could be causing low morale before we discuss some solutions:

  • Micromanagement
  • Unrealistic expectations
  • Lack of trust
  • Not providing enough feedback
  • Not providing necessary tools
  • Failure to investigate complaints

The list could go on, but these are just some of the most common causes. Although it can be challenging to narrow down exactly what is causing low morale among your team, and prevention is always the best strategy, here are some effective ways to promote positive morale.

Celebrate Small Achievements

It’s important to recognize employees for small successes in their daily lives. If you really want to keep employees motivated, then you should encourage consistent, positive reinforcement. First, employees need to understand what behaviors your organization values. Then, you can share transparent guidelines for employee success. But it does take at least some investment to train managers how to motivate and communicate with team members to overcome failure. Post pictures of top performers in newsletters, on social media, etc. to get even better results.

Focus on Building Trust

Although some new hires might trust you from day one, for others their trust will be earned over time. Encourage employees to express themselves honestly at work. Focus on providing authentic and actionable feedback to team members so that they feel valued. Promoting open communication and transparency helps to reduce uncertainty so that employees have more trust in your leadership. But if you can engage employees before they become dissatisfied, then you will be able to retain more of your top performers. Conduct stay interviews with key employees to learn why they stay.

Mitigate Burnout

Promoting a healthy work-life balance is essential in the biotech industry to prevent burnout. From letting employees work remotely to encouraging that they take vacation time, there are a variety of things that you can do to help employees accomplish a better work-life balance. Employees might be tempted to catch up on emails or other assignments after leaving the office for the day, but good leaders will remind them to unplug from their jobs and recharge before coming back to work.
The point is that it will cost you more to replace employees that are lost from negative workplace morale. Focus on improving it now by building trust, mitigating burnout, and recognizing employees for a job well done on a regular basis.


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