6 ways to boost employee morale through visual communication


Do your sales, support or creative teams have blues? Could the morale of your employees use help?

If the productivity around the workplace is a little slow, or if people seem a bit melancholy, and no one seems particularly enthusiastic in search of a more ambitious common goal – you may have a morale problem among the employees. While lack of morale may be difficult for any team, virtual teams may lose their team spirit or feel disconnected from each other at a higher level. Unsatisfied employees (from janitorial to vice-president) often have a negative impact on customers. But there are ways to boost employee morale through visual communication.

Boost employee morale with visual communication

Visual communication does not only help when everyone feels good, it can also dramatically improve everyone's mood, maintain a strong culture, boost employee morale and give your rockstar team all its glory, because that's what it's all about. that's why you hired them.

Here are 5 powerful ways to visually improve employee morale:

1 – Visual communication to boost employee morale.

In the modern labor market, we have witnessed a convergence of remote workers and people in a traditional office environment. The problem? If communication is lacking, remote workers may feel disconnected quickly. Think about all the signals, information and emotions you feel when communicating with someone face to face.

If you trust only e-mail memos and general meetings via dial-up to attract remote workers, it is likely that you will isolate them, which means that productivity (and the number of employees) will increase. enthusiasm) weighs a crazy weight. You can not tell either, but you have a lot of parallel conversations with people when you're in the office. It is necessary to try to recreate them with your remote workforce. Generally, morale is simply a visual communication problem.

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Several tools can help you quickly improve the morale of your employees – the best comes from visual communication.

Tools to help your employees connect.

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What is Slack?

Slack is essentially a discussion forum for your entire business, designed to replace email as the primary method of communication and sharing.

Its workspaces allow you to organize channel communications for group chats and allow private messages to share information, files, etc., in one place.

In addition, Slack integrates with a host of other applications so you can manage your entire workflow via a platform. This can be a great way to place these parallel conversations in a textual and visual environment and to be able to socialize with emoji and GIF. This informal conversation can go a long way towards improving employee morale.

Slack capture with CloudApp
Slack can be a great way to put these conversations aside in a textual and visual environment.

Zoom

The videoconference unicorn. Zoom provides a quick and easy way to instantly connect video or audio to its customers and employees. Many startups have even activated a still-active Zoom room at headquarters to allow remote workers to visually connect to other team members.

Zoom also integrates with a host of other workflow tools you already use.

Zoom Screen Capture taken with CloudApp
Zoom is the video conferencing unicorn that offers a quick and easy way to instantly connect via video.

CloudApp

Recently for And.co, I shared how CloudApp, associated with Zoom, Slack, and a few other tools, can provide a well-rounded connection point between remote and internal teams.

CloudApp is a platform for sharing images and instant videos for professionals. CloudApp is the fastest way to capture and integrate video, webcams, GIFs, screencasts, and branded images throughout the workflow (software development, design, customer success, support, sales). , marketing).

The platform makes it very easy and fast to share with others. Independent designer, web developer, software engineer, customer service professional or founder, he can work for you. Every file you create is securely stored in the cloud and is accessible through our native Mac and Windows applications. They can also be shared on the Web through unique, secure and password protected share.getcloudapp.com short links.

GIF on the use of CloudApp
CloudApp can be shared on the web in a unique, secure and password protected way.

Calendar.com

Are you looking to gain more time, be more productive and concentrate better? Look no further than the calendar.

The calendar is the smart app that you need to add to your stack. This productivity app based on artificial intelligence always learns for you. This will save you time and effort along the way. The more you use the Calendar site or application, the more valuable it becomes.

With Calendar, you can allow anyone to choose and book a meeting time directly in your calendar. Your calendar will protect you from pre-existing or conflicting meetings scheduled at the same time.

Calendar application
Are you looking to gain more time, be more productive and concentrate better? Look no further than the calendar.

2 – Visual praise to boost employee morale.

When is the last time you m said: "Excellent work" for your team?

Business owners are stressed. Your team gets it. But an employee can only absorb part of your stress before you worry about it anymore. Although verbal praise is very helpful, the additional incentive of praise and visual encouragement can motivate one or more struggling team members to get started.

Do not forget that all members of the team can deal with burnout and demoralization, but remote workers suffer a hard blow to the meter. Remote employees may miss out on these informal communications and receive only critical comments about their work.

Think visually about personalized videos, a fun screen capture, or a video memo to the team congratulating people in particular, show your team that you notice and that you are ready to take a minute . to show them in a non-arbitrary way.

When managing a remote workforce, try setting up a Slack channel where you can publicly congratulate team members with text, GIFs, and videos. You will find that appreciating the internal and remote workers before the entire company can often help to improve the morale of employees in small and large businesses.

3 – Make them laugh.

Your team has jokes and if you like them, you probably know some of them.

We already know the power of GIFs and memes, after all, when your team does not feel encouraged, you can find it by scrolling dozens of them.

Why not create yours?

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If you want your team to bond and feel "part" of something, make it laugh.

It only takes a few seconds to create a GIF file. It is also the ideal way to quickly and humorously inform users of new information, wins and progress.

Slack also allows you to create custom emojis that can provide a fun way to emojify (is that a word?) Your jokes from within.

4 – Engage, motivate and visually entertain employees.

Culture largely explains why people want to work for your business. In a world where jobs often change jobs, it is essential to give voice to your employees. Over the years, I've had the opportunity to go visit friends who were working at Facebook's headquarters. I loved the Facebook walls made available to customers, employees, visiting remote workers, and so on. to put something like a physical publication on Facebook.

These physical walls are high for HQ, but what about the digital connection? The most important thing is not the medium you use to create the visuals. The goal is that you create something with your team. The "what" really does not matter. Creating a culture that empowers and enables employees to communicate visually can effectively create a modern and connected workforce.

Do not worry if you have not started this way. This may take time, but start with the visuals today. You will begin to see an impact on how it affects you and your team.

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Creating a culture that empowers and enables employees to communicate visually can effectively create a modern and connected workforce.

5 – Transparent monitoring of progress.

Tracking progress is a great way to improve employee morale. We love goal-tracking apps – they're beautiful and motivating – and why applications like Strides and CoachMe are so effective. They exploit the power to visualize progress. Goals are like Pringles, once you jump, you can not stop.

Where project leaders and leaders usually do silly things, we do not communicate regularly with the team. Creating small goals for a big project is crucial. These small wins are GREAT in the eyes of someone who has the impression of working in a vacuum and who can stimulate determination, motivation and a gigantic push to reach (and appreciate) the finish line.

While apps like Asana, Trello, and Slack are great, sometimes it's a fun, bright, and creative board that everyone in the room can see when they're looking in the face or on foot, adding the right amount of spark and connection so that everyone remains motivated. to have to connect and to look for it.

Worried, would it take a ton of time and skill to implement these visually stimulating elements for morale?

A quick GIF or screen capture takes only 10 seconds flat to create. The beauty is that it does not need to be polite. Ten seconds for a morale boost that lasts every quarter or more? We will take it!

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A quick GIF or screen capture takes only 10 seconds flat to create.

What are you doing now to improve the morale of the team? If you are visually creative, let us know in the comments below.

Joe Martin

Joe Martin

VP of Marketing

Joe Martin is currently Managing Director and Vice President of Marketing at CloudApp, a visual collaboration tool. He has over 13 years of experience in marketing in the technology sector. Previously, he was responsible for social analytics at Adobe, where he was responsible for the paid social strategy and a research team providing strategic advice to the organizations of the company. He holds an MBA from the David Eccles School of Business at the University of Utah and has completed entrepreneurship training in entrepreneurship from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. in finance from the University of Utah and a certificate in digital marketing from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. His works have been published in the Associated Press, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times and other leading publications.