Imagine landing the job of your dreams! Everything seems to be perfect at the beginning, such as your title, pay, location, etc. You begin settling in and before the paint is dry, you can’t help but notice the air is thick. You start socializing with co-workers and it doesn’t take long for someone to bad-mouth the place. We all know those types. They would rather stay with a company and be miserable than seek employment elsewhere. Whether the criticism is justifiable or not, it plants a negative seed in your head.
Employee morale is such a tender delicacy. As fragile as ever. Some companies put forth genuine effort to keep their employees happy, but there will always be those who are never satisfied. With that said, it is essential for employees to speak up so that leadership can eliminate people who continuously bring others down. In general, work is not easy and it’s not supposed to be, but no matter how much you love your job, it can literally be ruined by those who crush workplace morale.
In my opinion, unless it is a very small business, every single company in America has an employee or two (or more) that poison the workplace environment. But (there is always a but), that is no excuse for having low workplace morale. First, I think it’s important to get to the root of miserable employees. Maybe, they have a legitimate reason to feel the way they do; perhaps they don’t. And that is where management comes in!
If you read my blog post about psychological safety, you may remember mentioning the importance of employees having the confidence to speak up. Employee morale in the workplace ties into it. However, it is not reasonable to expect employees to manage company morale; it is the responsibility of everyone. The management team must be like flies on the wall. Watching, listening, and reacting when necessary. A company can lose fantastic talent if they don’t properly manage workplace morale.
So who watches the watchers? What if it’s the managers who are causing low morale? Odds are, that possibility is most likely. Nothing can shift the morale of employees more than a moody boss. Unfortunately, there may not be anyone willing to speak up in that scenario. What if it’s the owner or CEO causing the problem? Good luck with that! My point is this; maintaining high workplace morale is everyone’s responsibility. It is imperative that managers make genuine efforts to maintain workplace morale by allowing open communication and eliminating anyone not willing to contribute to the efforts. One bad apple can ruin it for the entire bunch.
I recently read that low morale directly affects productivity, which will affect the company’s bottom line. Managers, read that again! Low workplace morale can cause an unnecessary struggle for a company, even causing a company to fold under extreme circumstances. If that doesn’t grab your attention, it may be a lost cause. If it DOES make you think, then what are you going to do about it? More than likely, there are a lot of negative things going on right under your nose, no company is perfect. But the good news, it’s never too late to find out what they are and make changes. Company survivability and YOUR livelihood may depend on it.
Facts to conclude: High morale contributes to employee loyalty, increased productivity, sustainable revenue, and positive word of mouth towards consumers and recruitable talent. In addition, it promotes a healthy workplace culture that helps facilitate inclusion and psychological safety. It also decreases poor employee attendance and turnover. What more do you need to know to make workplace morale a priority?
Food for thought! Thanks for reading!