5 ways to lift others and build staff morale which cost nothing

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Fear, anxiety and stress are all killer emotions that can really impact the mental health and well-being of your staff. Taking the time to do these 5 things helps lift them up and helps them build resilience in times of trouble.


Smiles are infectious, just try it. Smile at people as you walk past them with a small nod of recognition and most of the time they will smile right back.

It is a scientifically proven fact that a smile stimulates happy thoughts. Whenever you smile, Serotonin is released, which is responsible for transmitting happy signals to your mind. So when you smile and make others smile you are passing those happy signals onto others and giving them a Serotonin boost.

Leave a note of encouragement

In schools we often don’t see each other for hours at a time, it can be quite isolated. You can overcome this hurdle by leaving a positive note or quote with the intention of cheering someone up. Make it personal and it will go a long way to lifting them up.

Compliment them

A compliment shows respect, admiration, approval, gratitude, trust, appreciation, and hope. It is one of the most generous things you can do in your life, but it must be genuine, honest and sincere or it risks having the opposite effect.

A simple compliment can change a person’s day, think about how you felt the last time someone gave you a compliment. Pass that feeling on.

Encourage people to take a walk

Long hours inside a building is not good for you, taking a short walk around the neighbourhood to get some fresh air and hopefully experience some greenery and nature revitalises you and refreshed you, even on days when the sun isn’t shining.
Even a short, 15-minute walk can help clear your mind, improve your mood, and boost your energy level. Encouraging your staff to get out into the fresh air will work wonders for their morale.

Make them a cup of tea

A cup of tea is a powerful thing. Researchers have found that drinking tea lowers levels of the stress hormone cortisol. Evidence of other long-term health benefits is emerging, too: drinking a cup of green tea a day appears to lower the risk of developing depression and dementia. Taking the opportunity to deliver a hot cup of tea at the end of the day will lift someone’s morale as you show them that they are appreciated.

5 simple acts of kindness that can make a difference to everyone.