How to improve your team’s morale
When a team complains about work load increase due to others being laid off or people leaving the company, the leader should discuss how the individual now has the opportunity to step up even more than before and challenge them to own the job…not in a cheesy, “you can do it” cheer, but in a real tone, that says this is what it will take from the team; and each person has to decide if they are committed and willing.
Difficult times do not cause bad morale the lack of gratefulness does. Leaders need to take a look at their team and their situation and know they are the only ones who can change it. Morale is a result of the actions or lack of actions of the leader and the team. By taking this positive attitude on, the individuals win, the company can win again, which will come right back to the individuals in the long run. Every decision is a choice. One can stay and complain and be miserable, one can leave and hope for something better, or one can truly change their perspective, be grateful and move forward with a purpose.
Stop searching for happiness. It is not a destination: rather it is a state of being
A leader once said that if your goal is to be happy then you will never be happy. People say it all the time, “My goal is to be happy.” What are they really saying? Are they not happy now or is their goal to stay happy? There is the old saying “money can’t buy you happiness” and everybody has heard the ending, “yes, but it can buy the things that make a person happy.” Deep down everybody truly wants to be happy however, people are not happy because they are successful-they are successful because they are happy.
A great leader must insist on all team members being happy, and if anybody is not happy they should find a new place to work or hang out. Keep in mind that being happy does not mean being content. Life and business is game of competition with oneself. As people and as business leaders, one must always strive to be better and improve. When people stop trying to improve or learn they become bored and content (and actually unhappy). Contentment is a major contributor to morale. Contentment is like quick sand; anybody can fall in it and it will continue to pull a person down until they are gone or until a leader challenges them and pulls them out.
If an organization is having a morale issue, look at the happiness and contentment of the team. Just remember contentment is like bad breath; sometimes we can’t smell our own bad breath and we need someone to tell us, so we can change it. Get in a happy state of being and challenge yourself and your team to never be content.
Nathan Jamail, author of “The Playbook Series,” is also a motivational speaker, entrepreneur and corporate coach. He is a former executive for Fortune 500 companies, and owns several small businesses. For more information, visit http://www.NathanJamail.com or contact 972-377-0030.