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October 12, 2020 Amelia Wilcox

What is Employee Morale?

It’s no secret that employee morale is one of those things in business that is essential to understand…but what exactly is the employee morale meaning?

We’ll explain what employee morale is, why it matters, how to measure it, and ways to improve it.



What is Morale?


To define employee moral; it is a complex concept because there’s so many factors that affect it.

Morale is how your employees feel about coming to work everyday, how they approach their assigned tasks, and their attitude about the direction the company is taking.

Put simply, employee morale is the culmination of job satisfaction, life outlook, and attitude.


What is employee morale? Define morale


Why Does Morale Matter?

Morale is a vital part of your company’s culture — a positive collective attitude will create a positive environment, and a positive environment certainly can improve attitude.

Related: 6 Ideas to Improve Employee Morale Before Winter Hits

If your company has poor morale and a suffering company culture, decreased productivity can follow. Employees suffering from poor morale can be unmotivated, unenthused, and unengaged. Improving morale in your company can improve your productivity and company culture. Morale, productivity, and company culture are are tied together and affect one another. When one suffers, they all suffer.


How Can You Measure Morale?

So how can you tell that morale is low?

The easiest way to keep an eye on your company’s morale is to maintain a relationship with each employee. You’ll notice shifts in their behaviors and attitudes if morale does begin to slip. If your company is too large to make this possible, keep in contact with direct supervisors. They should be able to give you a good indication of how things are going in their areas.

Surveying employees has proven to be a great way to keep an eye on many aspects of a business, including morale. You can get a good picture of where your employees are at, morale-wise, and monitor the direction your employees feel your company is going. Check in often, so that if you get a few degrees off course, corrections can be more easily made.

There are mixed feelings about using turnover and absentee rates as a measure of morale; there are many other factors that can impact those rates. But they can serve as a useful measurement just don’t completely count on them.

Related: 3 Tips to Improve Morale for Hospital Staff


Boost morale


3 Ways to Improve/Boost Morale

1. Improve your company’s culture.

Give your employees a positive environment to spend so many hours of their lives. Help them interact positively, lead healthy lives, and chase their passions while at work, in whatever form works best for your company.

Allow employees to work from home, provide awesome health benefits and more, or host fun work parties. Figure out your company and make the best of things.


2. Provide more effective training

Trained employees are happy employees because knowing how to complete every task assigned prevents misunderstandings and workplace tension. Make sure everyone is trained and give them the tools they need to complete their jobs. Don’t repeat the same, boring, basic tutorials at every meeting. Find a new angle to tackle work trainings from.

The bottom line is to find what works for your company in monitoring and improving morale.


3. Get feedback

Your first best bet to improving employee morale is to have a read on your company’s pulse. The feeling of a company can be very different in the c-suite compared to workers on the front lines.

Make sure to keep things in perspective by interacting with employees regularly, sending surveys, and getting a general read on how things are working (or not) for everyone in the company.


3. Offer an EAP (Employee Assistance Program)

24/7 access to in house and virtual mental and physical health counseling, virtual yoga, and guided meditation all on one easy-to-use, confidential platform. An EAP is the ultimate tool for boosting employee morale. Ask your HR director if you have an EAP, and if you don’t look no further!

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Amelia Wilcox

Amelia Wilcox is the Founder and CEO of Zenovate formerly Incorporate Massage a leader in corporate massage since 2010. Her high-growth B2B company who’s platform provides employee stress management tools that arm businesses with actionable data and positive employee experiences to improve wellbeing, boost morale, and increase engagement.

Amelia has exponentially grown her company from a solo living-room service business to an international technology brand.

Recently listed as a Forty Under 40, Fast 50, Inc 5000 Twice awarded National Woman-Owned Small Business of the Year

Licenses, Certifications & Memberships
Licensed Massage Therapist since 2002
Member of American Massage Therapy Association
Served on Utah Worksite Wellness Council from 2012-2015

Attended Utah College of Massage Therapy
Educated in Nutrition and Exercise Physiology at the University of Utah

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