Management Causes Poor Morale
Is this from the “well duh” category? The article is short and basically a press release, so I’ll put the full text below:
A Chicago outplacement consulting firm says the main cause of low job morale is bad management, not low pay.
Nearly three out of four respondents to a survey among U.S. human resource executives put the blame for low employee morale on poor leadership, Challenger, Gray & Christmas said Monday.
Only 11 percent put the blame on issues over salary and benefits. Slightly more, 16 percent, cited heavy workloads as the primary cause of low morale.
‘Leadership, or the lack thereof, creates the work environment. If there is confusion about what leadership expects, frustration sets in and morale sinks,’ CGC said in a statement.
I bet if you polled employees, not just HR types, you’d get the same response. If you’re a manager who blames HR for poor morale, you really don’t understand your role as a manager. I guess it’s ok for HR to blame management? I guess HR should, if anything, push managers to be better leaders. If HR or management expects to make people happy through more pay or better incentives, they’re also barking up the wrong tree.
I’ve always thought, seen, and believed that NOBODY is disgruntled on their first day of work. Management does that to people. Sometimes it doesn’t take long. I’ve seen that personally in previous jobs. I’m lucky that I really enjoy my current job. Most people aren’t that lucky.