November 2, 2018
What are some traditional or non-traditional ways you keep morale high within your staff??
Orlando, WLLD: Over the years, some of our morale builders have been beach brainstorming sessions, coupled with drinks, water, food, and dry erase boards and All Staff Crawl week, where all jocks and staff went out, every night, to a different club, for the whole week, and suffered through the work week, together. Geez, that alcohol is a trend, huh?
Kobi, WNRW/WLGX: Smoothie Fridays. It’s a ritual and it’s healthy.
Mike McCoy, WNCI: I constantly engage my staff as often as possible every day and we’re not just talking about radio, we’re talking about a variety of things. Just trying to keep them engaged on a lot of different levels and make them feel like their input counts.
Mike Miller, WZFT: Be good and get back to the basics. Be a nice person. Show everyone the same respect you would expect in return and compliment people when they do something right.
Matt Johnson, KSLZ: We’re not afraid to blow off steam occasionally. We take the competition part very seriously, but we also bring some levity to the building and some balance to the culture. It really promotes staff cohesiveness.
Derrick “DC” Cole, WAEB: Surprisingly my personality seems to work great. I’m a very animated and overall positive person, and I’ve noticed it has helped in most of my career. Also treating people to food goes a long way.
Mike “OD” O’Donnell, WKRZ: I’ve always found that the best way to keep morale up in the staff is to go out of your way and make it a point to have some time with them individually and chat about non-radio stuff with them and let them know that you care who they are.
Kobe, WWHT: In my first PD gig when we were a sign-on, the first time we beat our heritage competitor, we raised a banner in the studio which was very cool. I also try and give holiday gifts yearly; and on a more frequent basis, when someone has a win or goes above and beyond, I’ll treat them to lunch or dinner. Essentially my goal is to constantly be engaged with the staff and constantly give positive recognition when the circumstance calls for it.
Jonathan Shuford, WRVW: The simple answer is basically the Golden Rule. Treat others as you wish to be treated. But we try to do fun staff outings as much as we can, and I’m not above wearing a onesie to get a laugh in a staff meeting.
Dom Theodore, Radio Animal Media Strategies: I’ve always found that what people want most – even more than money – is autonomy. I hired really talented and good people, then let them perform with as little interference as possible, always with an eye on being #1. If you create that type of environment, good morale is a natural byproduct.
Randi West, WMTX: Morale isn’t team building events in my opinion. Keeping the staff happy and engaged happens every day when the staffer needs it. For example, in the past, I’ve called employees in who I know have been working nonstop and seem to be getting fried for a ‘meeting’ only to tell them I have everything covered for them and to ‘enjoy the day off.’ Most employees are stunned by this. It lets them know I understand the extra hard work they’ve been putting in and it’s appreciated. Helps prevent burnout as well which seems to be a bigger problem these days as we all have more things to do.
Sassy, WKXJ: Anytime you can come together as a programming and sales staff, outside of the normal business environment and do specials things, is always a big morale boost. This week we’re having a Halloween party, and at various times throughout the year, we’ll have a backyard barbecue and similar outings. It’s a chance to take a break from the norm and just relax and have fun. Programming and sales get along really well here, we really are cool with each other.
Buster, WFLZ: Team building events and activities where everyone is encouraged to participate. Competition always brings out the best in everyone.
Fish Boy, WKRZ: I deal in a more traditional way and handle each member separately, with a good one to one feedback and collaboration about goals. I always want to create a constructive atmosphere.
Jammer, B97: Getting together and brainstorming. You need to always keep the lines of communication open. Social gatherings outside the workplace never hurt it helps keep the team united and focused on the goal.
Valentine, WBHT: Openness and transparency.
Rod Phillips, iHeartMedia: Free beer Friday!
Big Rob, KSME: Telling them when they’re doing a good job. Constant positive reinforcement. Nobody likes only hearing from the boss when you mess up. Too much of that in this business. Or any business frankly. Show your team that they matter and make a difference and they’ll continue to ride by your side!
Brian Mack, WXXL: I’m still searching for this!
Jeff Hurley, WLAN: Whenever possible, I want my team to understand the reasoning behind decisions. They don’t have to agree with me, but I understand the ‘WHY’ goes a long way towards building trust in the decision-making process.
Gina Gray, WERO: I try to foster a positive and productive atmosphere by telling my staff not to overthink things…and we laugh, a lot! I tell them it’s not brain surgery, it’s just radio, have fun.
Jon Zellner, iHeartMedia: Food and alcohol.
Kevin Kash, WWEG: A leader reads the room and leads by example. Positive environments can thrive.
Emily Wild, WLKK: When I worked for WPXY in Rochester a few times our Program Director Mike Danger orchestrated nights out with the on-air staff where we either went bar hopping to meet listeners, a staff NHL game or attended a sister market station’s radio show in a limo all together. It was a lot of fun to spend that kind of time all together. I miss that.