Employee morale can be defined as the environment that you create through your attitudes and policies. But knowing how to define it and how to fix it when it is low is something else entirely. The good news is it can be fixed.
To Improve Employee Morale, Start With a Style Check-Up
Fragmented workplaces and work-at-home options reduce regular day-to-day contact among employees and can easily cause employees to lose a sense of belonging to a team. To more accurately diagnose morale or corporate culture issues, online tools such as Culture Amp, RoundPegg or OfficeVibe may prove useful
Work to Address the Most Common Causes of Low Morale
A likely finding is the management style of one or more individuals is a key cause of concern. This is important because studies have shown that staff quickly adapt to the cues given off by their immediate supervisors and top management. When managers micromanage or regularly blame others, those working for them tend to do the same. That trait is frequently the cause of employee frustration and the start of a downward trend in morale. Other common causes might be changes in management or corporate mergers.
As you work your way through a style check-up, consider what you could do to enhance morale. Lack of recognition is a major cause of feeling unappreciated, and a reason why good employees may resign. Recognition can be simple yet not costly and far cheaper than replacing a valuable employee.
Train Managers for Success
It is often said (and usually true) that good managers listen and whenever possible choose positive words rather than negative words to make their points. Such managers stress what they can do, rather than what they can’t. They learn to speak and write so thoughts are phrased to work for both them and their staff.
To enforce that point, a business instructor for a career college regularly told her potential student managers when words are chosen, they should reflect favorably upon the speaker and their employer. Remember, she would add, “hat bosses say “I” and leaders say “We.” Sometimes, both need to be used and good managers learn to recognize those times.
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