HIGH FIVE

"Create a culture of mutual respect for every employee"

Anand Agarwal, CEO, Sterlite Technologies, on five ways to boost morale

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Published 5 years ago on Jan 18, 2016 Read
Soumik Kar

Provide a purpose: Providing a clear purpose for the company’s role in the larger society and the employee’s role in delivering that value for the company, in particular, and the society in general, is a huge morale-booster. 

Challenge: Continue to challenge your employees with disruptive goals. This keeps the team agile and helps them think out of the box. Encourage cross-functional teams for every task and avoid a culture of functional or business unit silos. Opportunities lie in intersections between functions and business units. 

Be transparent and respect workers: Create a culture of mutual respect for every employee, irrespective of hierarchy, and be transparent in terms of directions, decisions and policies. A transparent organisation and leadership goes a long way in keeping morale high.

Celebrate: Celebrate not just successes, but also failures. It may seem strange but we have awarded even teams that have failed. This is not just to encourage them but also to recognise their efforts and institutionalise the learning from their failure. It does wonders to team morale and removes the fear of failure or experimentation. 

Reward merit: There are several examples of talented employees getting dissatisfied and leaving the organisation. As the workplace get more heterogeneous, it is the responsibility of leaders to ensure that biases don’t creep in at any stage of the employee life cycle. A level playing field works best for all, be it at the marketplace or the workplace. 

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