The Connection Between Your Attitude and Company Morale
Your attitude – and consequently the attitude of your team members – can directly impact your company.
Your job as a business owner is to lead.
While that may consist of a lot of different tasks, the most important is making sure that myteam is working together well, that all the moving parts are whipping along smoothly, and that everyone feels like they’re doing their part to produce something great.
Research has concluded that out of 10,000 people, 15% of their success was due to technical training, intelligence and skills while 85% was due to personality factors and the ability to deal with people successfully.
Symptoms of Low Morale
Low morale isn’t always obvious. Learning to identify the signs is important for bosses, supervisors, and team leaders since most workers won’t explicitly say that they’re feeling discouraged or frustrated.
Spotting the symptoms early, and addressing them proactively, can help you keep your team running smoothly with minimal setbacks or interruptions to your overall productivity:
- Lack of cooperation. When office morale is low, employees are generally less likely to work well together, and may be less willing to accept complex or burdensome tasks from higher up the corporate ladder.
- Few personal conversations. Friendly conversations aren’t a necessary requirement for successful business operations, but a scarcity of personal communication could be a direct symptom of low morale.
- Rare personal initiatives. If you notice that fewer of your employees are taking individual initiatives to better the company, it could be a major sign that morale has reached a new low.
- Increased rates of turnover. For this sign, you’ll have to look at broad trends. A higher number of people leaving your company could be a sign that morale is actively dropping.
- Overall poor performance or attitude. This is one of the more obvious symptoms, but it can be overlooked when the changes in performance or attitude are gradual. Are your employees doing less than they used to? Is negativity more rampant than it once was?
The High Cost of Low Morale
Positive employee morale is usually exhibited by confidence, discipline and willingness to perform. There are no single factors that explain high or low morale, but rather a combination of related factors.
In today’s economic reality, the root cause of low employee morale can include job security issues, uncertain business conditions, limited upward mobility, a perceived lack of fair compensation and excessive outsourcing practices.
In such an environment, employees focus more on their career choices, a sense of personal well-being and financial future.
The Gallup Organization estimated that there are 22 million actively disengaged employees costing the economy as much as $350 billion dollars per year (approximately $16,000/- per employee per year), in lost productivity including absenteeism, illness and other low morale issues.
High morale in the work place is essential to success and is mostly influenced from the top down rather than from the bottom up.
If employee morale is not high, then we need to talk.