The Importance of Morale in the Workplace
on Tuesday, 13 Mar 2018
Morale is often neglected or simply forgotten. It becomes a casualty. A luxury that few feel they can afford Nothing could be farther from the truth.
Morale should be one of the #1 priorities of any administrator or supervisor. The value of employees should not be left to their imaginations. Sometimes a kind word is all it takes. It doesn't have to cost anything and it doesn't take much time, but the benefits are endless.
I've worked for both types. Those who couldn't afford a word of gratitude and those who knew they couldn't afford not to show appreciation. For those who couldn't show appreciation it cost them a high rate of absenteeism, high employee turn-over rate, and the loss of respect. This is true in any profession, not just education. No one wants to work for someone who takes them for granted while expecting more and more from them. No one enjoys going to work to face unexpected and, often unrealistic, demands. I'm not referring to the be-flexible type of expectations. I'm referring to the -why-haven't-you -already-done-this type. The ones that you didn't know about. The ones that only exist inside someone's head. The ones that, in their mind, keep you from being a valuable employee. Sooner or later, you give up trying to reach unattainable goals. Your loyalty, efficiency, effort never seem to cut it. So... you move on.
Employees that are valued love their jobs. The work environment is pleasant. Administrators are fair. Them communicate. They take time to know their employees and they aren't afraid to tell them how much they appreciate them. They are confident enough to share the wealth of gratitude. They aren't afraid that you're trying to steal their job or look better than them. They simply desire to have a pleasant, highly-functioning workplace. They understand the value of a loyal employee. They realize the damage that tension can cause. And, above all, they are satisfied with their job. It isn't work. It is a career. They know that unhappiness has a way of growing. They know that an unhappy staff trickles down to unhappy kids.
No one wants to be burnt out or emotionally spent. No one wants to work with someone who is. Just think of the small investment appreciation can make in your workplace morale. Isn't it worth it?