A new Accountemps survey found that 39 percent of employees have very good morale within their organizations and an additional 42 percent have somewhat good morale. Just 12 percent of respondents reported somewhat poor morale and 6 percent reported very poor morale.
“People ultimately want work they’re proud of, colleagues they respect and an environment where their contributions are valued,” says Max Messmer, chairman of Accountemps. “Employers who foster this type of culture are rewarded with higher employee morale and productivity. Workplace dynamics change constantly. Companies should keep a pulse on staff engagement, particularly as business conditions change or new managers are appointed.”
Based on its findings, Accountemps recommends employers communicate with employees to determine challenges and thoughts about their work. Regular monitoring of performance and behavior is necessary to discover developing discontent or disconnection among employees. For example, previously engaged employees who gradually become non-participatory in group activities and meetings can help identify points of contention and obstacles to work satisfaction.
Finally, Accountemps recommends exit interviews for all choosing to leave an employer in order to find out what those employees would have liked to see to have higher morale and better engagement.