Monday, October 17th, 2016
A military commander was once asked in all of his experience, what was his biggest mistake, his biggest regret. His reply was “not taking vacation before going into battle.” It was a curious response, but he explained that the most important element to consider before going into battle was morale. What is the morale of the troops?
Employee morale describes the overall outlook, attitude, satisfaction, and confidence that employees feel at work.
Developing and maintaining good morale starts with hiring the right people in the first place. Thereafter, your employees’ morale affects how motivated they will be to do the work, suggests how much they will do while on shift, and influences how long they will stay in the organization. As a manager, much of the mood within the organization is in your hands. Make sure you do your part to keep morale levels high.
The most critical work product in our company requires high levels of cooperation and support between team members in collateral working relationships. It is incumbent on the supervisor to create positive working relationships that promote teamwork and high levels of trust among team members.
Motivate with your own example. Show good character, and conduct yourself and your business in a manner you want imitated. Demonstrate a positive attitude to serve as an example of optimism and achievement. In other words, “walk the talk.”
Building positive employee morale is not difficult in most organizations, but it does take desire, commitment, and attention to the tiny details on the part of management and the organization.
Summing-up: Morale in the workplace is critical to the success of any organization. By recognizing the signs of high, medium and low morale, you can work to create a more positive and productive work environment, so that everyone wins – You, Your Team Members, Your Organization and Your Customers.