If you are in the tech industry, then you know that the industry is constantly evolving. In order for you to keep up with your competitors, you need to have a motivated staff that is ready to take on the challenges that come their way. Part of developing a motivated staff is making sure that they enjoy working at your company. There are a more than a few ways to ensure that your team is happy, and you would be wise to follow them.
The first thing that you can do to improve morale is look at the work space that you team occupies. Ask yourself a few simple questions. Is there enough room for the entire team to work at the same time? Are they using the newest and best technology? Is the work space a place where ideas can be generated and communicated? Asking these questions is a great way for you to determine if your space needs an upgrade. With your team spending most of their work time in this area, it is important to make sure that they are going to enjoy working in it. It may seem like you are spending on nonessential items, but having the most cutting edge work space is going to pay dividends down the line when your employees are creating new products.
In addition to making the work space somewhere your team wants to work, you can also go out and find new ways to motivate the team. Think of a fun contest that you can run to get the competitive juices flowing. Make the contest revolve around an upcoming project. Split your team into competing factions and give out a prize to the winner. You can make the prize something large like a cash bonus, or keep it small by offering a paid day off or a gift card to store like Bass Pro Shops. No matter what you decide, you will want to keep the contest light and enjoyable, after all, you are all on the same team!
One last step you can take, and this may be so obvious that it slips your mind, is to earnestly ask your employees what they would like to have for them. You can do this in an open forum to encourage collaboration between the team and yourself, or conduct surveys to promote anonymity. Whatever you decide to do, make sure that you are focusing on the desires of your employees the whole time. While you want to make sure that you are listening to their concerns and suggestions, you will also want to let them know that not everything will be feasible to accomplish. Transparency going both ways is important. Once you have suggestions, it is important that make an effort to at least implement some of them to show that you are serious.
Working in tech means you have to put in long hours to create the best possible product. Be sure to take the steps necessary to ensure that your team is staying motivated and happy. It does not take a lot for you to ensure everything is going well. Following a few simple tips should be more than enough to keep the team going.