The Cause and Effect of Low Moral in the Workplace

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Morale is a vital component of any organization or business, for it to thrive and achieve success. When morale is low in your workplace, it can adversely affect productivity and the overall success of your company. There are many issues that cause low morale in the workplace; increased turnovers, decreases in productivity and overall employee dissatisfaction are all implications that negatively affect the overall operation of a corporation. It can be very challenging for mangers and even the human resource department to find the core cause of low employee morale. Unfortunately, external and internal factors influence much of the decline in morale that occurs in a corporation. When you look at the dynamics of a corporation and the overall position that mangers or supervisors take, it's up to them to determine the underlying issues that increase the probability of low morale. The reasons for low morale are plentiful. In a 2006 survey conducted by the consulting firm of Challenger, Gary, and Christmas, it was poor leadership as the overwhelming leader, as reported by 73% of the respondents surveyed. Heavy workloads came in second at 16% and, surprisingly, salary and benefits only garnered 11% of the vote. In more recent surveys, such as the CareerBuilder survey cited above, workload and high stress over the fear of job loss (a combined 87%) have moved into the lead as causes of low morale over the past year. (Terry, 2009)

In a corporation, poor leadership practices can have an effect on the total outcome of an organization and is also one of the major causes that decrease’s the level of morale in the workplace. When leaders redefine leadership by only thinking of themselves and promote their friends and not properly interviewing the right person for the job. In this type of situation they generally forget that leadership is about service to the employees and the organizations, rather than about self-glorification or enrichment. (Simonton, 2009)...
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