There are two schools of thought when it comes to boosting morale in the workplace: that it matters, and that it doesn’t. Not suprisingly, the former belief tends to be held by rank-and-file employees, while the later is more commonly found at the higher ranks.
The reasons for this disparity are simple enough to understand. For lower-level staff who are toiling away, work is work – and especially in the current economic environment, this often means longer hours, for little to no additional recognition or reward. The result is staff who are generally unhappy and unmotivated, and who don’t see much in the way of light at the end of the tunnel.
Senior staff and executives, however, see things quite differently. Yes, they too are working harder these days as well – however, they are less concerned with the happiness of staff as they are with the quality and efficiency of the finished work. As mangers, the primary responsibilities of those at the top is to plot strategic direction, maximize revenue and minimize inefficiencies, as well as meet the expectations of clients, board members and shareholders – notice how “make the employees happy” is not in the boss’s job description.
That said, work is done by people – at the end of the day, it is these hard-working employees who carry out the strategic goals and objectives of management. Yes, decision makers can absolutely take the attitude of “this is the job, and if you don’t like it, leave.” However, there is also an argument that people who genuinely enjoy their work will produce better results.
Think about it: if people are showing up to the office feeling motivated and happy, common sense dictates that there will be better collaboration, clearer communication, and greater emphasis on producing quality results – as well as less conflict, fewer errors and client complaints. Any way you slice it, a workplace with high morale is going to be a good thing, especially for the bottom line.
Smart managers should view boosting office morale as an powerfully effective tool in their arsenal for achieving strategic goals and objectives.
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