Morale is the key component of a team's effectiveness — an engaged and interested team will consistently outperform a disengaged one, sometimes to a ridiculous degree.
But getting honest and reliable feedback from your team is harder than it sounds — and quantifying it into a trackable statistic is even less intuitive.
Our solution to this issue is TeamMood, a mood checker app, and in this article, we will discuss how it can help you monitor your workplace's mental health.
Over the last decade, chief happiness officers, stress management coaches, and well-being programs have emerged in companies worldwide to improve workplace happiness.
Behind this trend lies a growing concern of companies for the well-being of their teams at work. Today's employees expect more than job security: team morale has become a real imperative to keep teams motivated and productive.
In 2021, in response to COVID-19, a record number of people have been voluntarily leaving their jobs worldwide. As a consequence of this "Great Resignation" (also called the "Big Quit" by some economists), companies have had a hard time recruiting the top talents they need to grow and recover from the crisis.
The competition is fierce for employers - significantly as telecommuting, and digital nomadism grow. While companies have access to a global talent pool, employees also have access to a broader range of choices and are not shy about looking for greener pastures elsewhere.
In this context, improving team morale to increase retention is vital for managers.
Happiness at work leading to greater productivity is no myth. In 2014, Pr. Andrew J. Oswald, Pr. Eugenio Proto, and Pr. Daniel Sgroi from the University of Warwick in the UK published the striking results of their study: happy people were found to be 12% more productive, while unhappy workers proved 10% less productive.
The three economists concluded from their study that "human happiness has large and positive causal effects on productivity."
Of course, companies cannot impose happiness on their employees. But they can still set up ground rules and working conditions to help their teammates blossom.
However, the first difficulty arises when measuring team morale and obtaining honest feedback, whether positive or negative.
The human factor is probably the most crucial aspect of a functioning team – and it's trickiest.
Indeed, as work is getting increasingly complex, employees can suffer from uncountable sources of pressure or dissatisfaction. By doing regular mood checks, teams should be able to:
Honesty and transparency aren't always easy to foster in the workplace. Indeed, employees may feel uncomfortable openly sharing their feelings or difficulties.
Therefore, it's the company's responsibility to set up processes and rituals to check employee morale and allow teammates to share any feedback safely.
Mood checks can happen on various time scales:
As an Agile coach, James Willis says, "Simply doing a health check every day won't improve it ."So, how do you leverage your team mood check?
First, a snapshot of the team's mood at a given moment isn't as interesting as the evolution over time. Individual moods can be displayed in a mood indicator chart, and a sudden rise or fall will greatly indicate that the situation has changed for the better or worse.
But again, the picture itself isn't very useful unless the results are shared openly and commented on with the entire team. It can be done at a weekly, monthly, or quarterly meeting, during a retrospective, etc.
By sharing the aggregated results with their team, the team leaders show that their mood matters and are willing to discuss and improve what can be improved.
Discussing the issues is crucial when checking team mood. If your team is in a bad mood or if a team member is constantly down, you need to raise the issue and try to find a solution. Talking about the "bad" results of a team mood check at a team meeting is the perfect opportunity to identify issues and discuss potential solutions.
Team mood checks aren't only useful to issue alerts: they can demonstrate that a team is currently in a great mood. Taking the time to discuss it with the team will help managers understand the causes and better know their team. It can also be an excellent opportunity to celebrate successes or good news.
TeamMood is an online Niko-Niko calendar combined with a feedback box.
It sends a daily email to all team members, departments, or the company asking a simple question: "How do you feel today?" Team members can respond safely and anonymously and give feedback if they feel like it.
With this simple tool, TeamMood can help team leaders:
This was a guest blog post by TeamMood. Check them out to better assess your team's mood and create a more productive workplace.
Thanks for reading.