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Best Practices from Best Companies

Tiffany Barber

Boost Employee Morale

Yesterday’s blog, Seven Ways to Boost Morale reviewed not only seven different ways to boost morale, but also discussed why employee morale is so important. Most notably, low morale can lead to poor cooperation, low productivity, increased turnover, and ultimately hinder a business from reaching its goals.

How to avoid low morale? By getting your employees excited! And you can’t do this with run-of-the-mill people practices like casual Fridays or annual bowling trips. After all, if your policies aren’t inspired, how will they inspire employees? So let’s step it up a notch.

Let’s take the following two people practices for example:

Cirrus Rocks!

Based in Austin, Texas, Cirrus Logic, a supplier of signal processing chips for the audio and energy industries, sponsors live music shows at their monthly “Cirrus Rocks!” concert series. Concerts feature local bands and employees, as well as their families, are invited. What makes this practice unique, however, is that it really celebrates local Austin culture- a city known for its love of music.

iFixit’s Mission: Save the World from Toxic Waste

The California-based producer of DIY fix-it guides and tools for repairing today’s most popular electronics, iFixit, rallies its 51 employees around a mission to save the world from toxic, electronic waste. They do this by keeping almost-functional devices out of landfills. And to inspire employees daily, flat-screens are set up around the office to let employees know how many people have downloaded their repair guides worldwide, and are updated on a minute-to-minute basis.

What Cirrus Logic and iFixit have both done is successfully integrate their people practices with either their local culture, or their product. This is what separates Best Companies from the rest- and is the first step in building your own great workplace culture. Take a look around you and find out what makes your team or your product unique. And then, go celebrate it!

Stay tuned for tomorrow’s Sneak Peek at the 2013 FORTUNE 100 Best Companies to Work For®!
Official List announcement: January 17th

Register today for the 10th Annual Great Place to Work® Conference to hear Best Practices directly from the leaders of Best Companies, and begin building your own great workplace.

Tiffany Barber is the Associate Manager of Marketing and Communications and an avid blogger for Great Place to Work®.


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