We asked Pest Management Professional’s columnists and editorial advisory board members to share a good way to boost employee morale. Here are some of the experts’ responses from our May 2023 print edition.
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PMP’s Editorial Advisory Board and Regular Contributors
Pete Schopen: “The next time you have a company project or an issue develops, ask team members how they would handle the situation. Most employees would like to show what they are capable of accomplishing.”
Greg Baumann: “For just $60 — the cost of a few lunches — treat their family to a Costco or Sam’s Club membership. It’s family-friendly and they’ll remember it all year long. Or for no cost at all, say ‘thank you for your hard work’ more frequently.”
Paul Hardy: “Communicate with your employees every day. Award good performance publicly and correct bad performance privately. Stand up for your employees.”
Mark Sheperdigian: “Recognize the quality work employees do and celebrate them when they enthusiastically do quality work. Don’t expect your employees to treat your clients better than you treat your employees.”
Jerry Schappert, ACE: “Gift cards, family appreciation day, or a good old ‘atta boy’ in front of the entire staff goes a long way.”
Sheri Spencer Bachman, ACE: “Boost your morale! Leadership sets the tone for everything. The sayings ‘it starts at the top’ and ‘lead by example’ really hold true. As a leader, how can you expect morale to be boosted if you haven’t boosted yours?”
Doug Foster: “I’ve learned that positive recognition of employees — especially in front of their peers — trumps money every time as far as boosting morale. Keeping a positive vibe in the workplace and as an owner/manager is important as well. Even well-paid employees will only work for a ‘jerk’ for so long before they leave.”
Kurt Scherzinger: “Seek feedback constantly from employees and act on what they say. While you may not always implement what they suggest, make sure to explain why you chose to not do it or approach it differently than they suggested.”