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January 2010 - Volume 6 - Issue 7

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The Importance of Attitude and Morale in the Workplace

In today’s job market, there are a number of reasons for a jobseeker to search for new opportunities but there are only few to make him/her stay and they all boil down to attitude and morale. It is imperative that managers foster an environment of encouragement if they seek the highest levels of output and employees who will go the extra mile for the company. Workers like to feel that they are part of something in which they have a critical role. Making each person feel valuable will make for a workplace of people who can take pride in their job and care about the outcome. In order to improve employee attitude, managers must create a sense of family when putting together their teams, and above all else remain positive.

This past year has been one of the toughest in recent memory. Hundreds of businesses fell by the wayside and millions of Americans are without gainful employment. One would think that just having a job would be enough for most people, that there is little to gain from developing a desirable workplace, after all if one person leaves; there will be ten in line to take the opening, right? Wrong. Now is the best time to step back and evaluate what is working and create a cohesive unit that will not only weather the current storm but will excel for the future.

Everywhere you turn there is negativity in the workplace which is bred by stagnation, jealousy and fear. One way to assuage negativity is to institute programs which reward creativity and a job well done. By doing this, managers will be able to effectively create an atmosphere where employees feel they have a hand in the company’s success. All too often, the motivating factor for employees to do more than the minimum required is to avoid retribution or losing their job. This is the wrong motivation. They should feel that they are working towards a goal that only can be achieved with their vigilance and unique skill set. If they feel that they are an integral part of the team, they will be motivated enough to do what is expected of them and more. An environment that rewards creativity will not only create the desired effect, but will also position the company to be adaptive to the constantly changing business environment.

If negativity exists in the workplace, it is imperative to investigate exactly from where the negativity stems. The negativity can be compared to cancer in organizations. If management can discover the cancer in its earliest stages, it can be cured, but if it is left unchecked then it could infect the entire company and it may be too late to save the organization. The best way to make sure there is no cancer that can spread throughout the organization is through regular screening. It is important that managers know what is going on in their departments and know if there are any disgruntled or unhappy employees. Open lines of communication are imperative to the success of the screening process. Employees should feel that if they have something they are unhappy about, they could talk to their supervisors without fear of retribution. Often policies are put into place that will not be popular, but are necessary. It will be a much easier pill to swallow if the employees feel their managers are upfront and honest with their explanations.

The bottom line is a manager’s job is hard. It is a balancing act where they have to protect the company’s interests while managing their assets. However, empowering people and making them feel like an integral part of the team will more than likely keep them on your team when other opportunities become available.

Chris Walter, Alturas Recruiting, can be reached at cwalter@alturasrecruiting.com or (954) 370-3311 or visit www.alturasrecruiting.com.
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