How to spot low office morale

Thursday, October 17, 2019

In our last blog post, we looked at Office Morale, and the fact that it’s definitely a real thing. In today’s post, we want to look at how you can spot when the morale in the office is starting to drift away.

There are five main points that we want to cover today, so strap yourself in and join us to find out how you can spot when the morale in your office is low.

The five steps to understanding when morale is low

There are five steps that you’ll come across if morale in your office or working environment starts to drop.

  • Lack of cooperation. When office morale is low, you’ll notice that your employees are generally less likely to work well together. In fact, you’ll notice that they’re less likely to accept tasks that are fairly difficult or challenging. If you do notice that your team isn’t willing to accept complex tasks, or you see their heads drop when the idea of taking on a project comes around, the lack of cooperation is a signal that the morale in your team is sinking.
  • Little to no interaction amongst your employees. A healthy working environment will see your team interacting with each other. If you notice that they’re not having any conversations between each other, this could be a direct symptom of low morale.
  • Non-Existent personal initiatives. It’s your employees that make your company or team what it is. A healthy team will always come up with innovative ideas on how to move the company to the next level, but a team that’s suffering from low morale won’t, or seldom will. You have to be on your toes with this point, because if you notice that a lot, or all of your employees aren’t taking individual initiatives to better the company, the morale in your team could already be at an all-time low.
  • Increased rates of turnover. Companies that have a high turnover of staff normally suffer from a company-wide state of low morale. We have consulted for companies that wanted to stop the high turnover of staff and so we asked the employees what they thought of management. It’s amazing what you’ll find if you ask employees. If your company has an above industry-average-standard of staff turnover, it’s normally a sign that morale is actively dropping.
  • Overall poor performance or attitude. This is one of the more obvious symptoms, but it can be overlooked when the changes in performance or attitude are gradual. Are your employees doing less than they used to? Is negativity more rampant than it once was?

In our next blog post, we’re going to take an in-depth look into low staff morale.