Title of Poster / Presentation

The Team Morale Lifecycle: From Bad to Good

Location

Portland State University

Start Date

7-5-2019 11:00 AM

End Date

7-5-2019 1:00 PM

Subjects

Organizational behavior, Corporate culture, Employee motivation, Interpersonal relations, Communication in organizations, Morale

Abstract

Building and maintaining high levels of morale is key to the performance of a successful organization. The purpose of this paper is to explore the lifecycle of morale for employees and team members. We examined the question of how to take their morale from bad, to good to continuing excellence. Though much research has been performed on each of these topics in isolation, we found no research that covered the entire morale lifecycle in a holistic way. To explore the morale lifecycle, we performed a review of academic and professional literature, focusing on identifying the signs, effects and causes of bad morale, techniques for curing morale once it has gone bad, and methods of building and maintaining morale. The signs of bad morale are myriad and can have a widespread negative effect on an entire organization. Curing bad morale requires a focused effort that involves the application of specific management techniques. Building and maintaining morale requires a continuation of the methods used for the cure of bad morale as well as continual application of several principles, which include management techniques, team building, and specific hiring practices. We found that bad morale can be rebuilt after identifying, understanding, and properly addressing issues that caused a failure cascade, and that specific techniques can be used to build and maintain morale levels over time.

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https://archives.pdx.edu/ds/psu/28621

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May 7th, 11:00 AM May 7th, 1:00 PM

The Team Morale Lifecycle: From Bad to Good

Portland State University

Building and maintaining high levels of morale is key to the performance of a successful organization. The purpose of this paper is to explore the lifecycle of morale for employees and team members. We examined the question of how to take their morale from bad, to good to continuing excellence. Though much research has been performed on each of these topics in isolation, we found no research that covered the entire morale lifecycle in a holistic way. To explore the morale lifecycle, we performed a review of academic and professional literature, focusing on identifying the signs, effects and causes of bad morale, techniques for curing morale once it has gone bad, and methods of building and maintaining morale. The signs of bad morale are myriad and can have a widespread negative effect on an entire organization. Curing bad morale requires a focused effort that involves the application of specific management techniques. Building and maintaining morale requires a continuation of the methods used for the cure of bad morale as well as continual application of several principles, which include management techniques, team building, and specific hiring practices. We found that bad morale can be rebuilt after identifying, understanding, and properly addressing issues that caused a failure cascade, and that specific techniques can be used to build and maintain morale levels over time.