Positive workplace morale stems from positive management

Many think dissatisfied employees blame their disinterest in work on their workload. However, a recent study shows it isn’t the workload that makes workers weary, instead
it is the bosses’ attitude toward workers.

Workplace morale has everything to do with enjoying one’s job. Most people don’t hate what they do and their discouragement does not come from a heavy workload. Instead, studies at Aarhus University show workplace depression comes from an uneasy work environment, often caused by management.

“When high levels of work pressure and depression appear to be linked in people’s consciousness, it is not because a heavy workload increases the risk of depression… Instead, depression can make work assignments appear insurmountable, even though the depression was not caused by the workload,” said Matias Brødsgaard Grynderup, PhD, of the Department of Clinical Medicine at Aarhus University in an article from sciencenordic.com.

Bosses who show unfair treatment to their workers create a work environment full of anxiety. Workers can no longer feel comfortable in their job and create doubt in themselves occupationally. This makes workers grow weary of their life choices.

Favoritism is one of the most demeaning forms of unfair treatment. When recognition only reaches as far as select workers, the unrecognized grow weary in their workplace and develop doubt.

I am a victim of favoritism; one of my bosses has always shown obvious favoritism with certain workers. Just like the playground days in elementary school, feeling left out is one of the worst feelings to experience.

Acceptance and inclusion are necessities in feeling like part of a team. If one person feels less accepted than their peers, they’ll develop self-confidence issues.

Working in an environment that requires teamwork, I’ve lost plenty of self-esteem and confidence just from not feeling included in the workplace activity. It made me feel unappreciated.

Workers also try their hardest to be heard by their superior to feel like part of the team. It is only to the manager’s discretion if they want to hear out their employees or not. And those who aren’t heard are often angry.

“I recommend a management style in which there is a clearly expressed wish to treat employees properly – combined with a transparent organizational structure,” Grynderup said.

I admire companies that offer such structured and specific organization to their workplace. It is difficult to question their abilities to keep employees content.

With methods of employee recognition such as Employee of the Month, workers have something to work toward that can build workplace morale and lift up their team’s spirit overall.

It is hard to make everyone feel equal and included. But it isn’t difficult to try.

Giving effort and showing commitment to making a workplace a comfortable environment is the first step to building a great company.

You can’t build a company with workers who hate their jobs. Good pay alone can’t keep an employee happy.

Good morale comes from good management.

Author: Rachel Keeney

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