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The beating will continue until the morale improves

I hear this all the time in jest.  Then I started to wonder whether there is something to it.  Why is it always the employer’s responsibility to improve morale?  So much of what effects negative sentiment in the workplace is a result of things that cannot be controlled – whether by employer or employee.  Sure, there are a bunch of asshole managers out there…always will be.  But there are also a lot of droopy eyed sorry ass no fun sonofa you know what employees out there too.  I got news for you, u sorry souls…work sucks!  And as long as you’re working “for the man” it probably will.  In my mind you really only have two choices (some would say three): 1) get over it, cheer up, smile and laugh a bit more, be thankful for the little things, and make the most of what you got  or 2) quit and bring your black cloud somewhere else.  The third choice is you stick around and make everyone else miserable.  That’s not a choice in my book.  I’m still going to play my role in helping create a productive, challenging, rewarding, and fun workplace, but I’m also going to encourage our leadership team, our mangers, and our employees to take responsibility for their own satisfaction.  Real lasting positive change comes from the grass-roots level – always has.  Employees need to stop waiting for someone else to brighten their day…and they definitely shouldn’t be expecting HR to do it for them.

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  1. December 4, 2009 at 11:16 am

    One more from the archives.
    Employee’s attitude was unbearable, and he was told “get happy, or go home”.

    He went home.
    One less asshat in the office.

    And the morale of the rest of the office improved dramatically.

    IF you don’t like where you are, work to change it. If it can’t be changed, then your other alternative is to change where you are.

  2. Dawn Hrdlica @dawnHRrocks
    December 4, 2009 at 11:32 am

    We call employees with the spreadable black cloud Eeyore’s. Or the misery phenonmenom the “Eeyore Effect”. Cheer up for goodness sake–you have a job brother!

  3. December 4, 2009 at 4:28 pm

    @Tammy I see this happen all the time…in fact, terminated someone this afternoon for these issues exactly…morale in that person’s team has already pepped up.

    @Dawn Love the “Eeyore Effect” moniker

  4. December 6, 2009 at 7:12 am

    Beauty. I think a well-selected culling of bad attitudes is one thing employers can do to improve morale. And what you said — it’s not all about Dad giving the kids things to entertain themselves. Sometimes they have to find their own fun. Almost always, actually.

    Excellent advice.

  5. December 7, 2009 at 12:01 pm

    Remember the saying, “love it or leave it?” I’ll jump on that bandwagon. Here’s another favorite saying of mine, “if you’re not on fire about what you are doing, perhaps it might not be worth doing.” That’s my philosophy. Life is short. Do you want to spend your precious time toiling away doing something you loathe? Heavens no. That’s why so many people die of type A heart attacks. I want to spend the rest of my life doing something I love, something that brings meaning to my life, and the lives of others. I am committed to not wasting one more precious moment. Negative people are like vacuumes. They suck the life force right out of your organization. Negative folks are soul suckers, and if someone doesn’t intervene (EAP) they often self-destruct. I am a proponent of either helping someone up, or helping someone out. If I can’t help them get help, I show them the door. If I can train, coach and help develop a talented, yet snarky person, perhaps I can create a succession plan that puts that person into the appropriate career path.

    Bad attitudes are contagious. Be sure not to catch one. Share the solution, not the disease, and your organization will surely improve.

    Your twitterpal,

    @HRMargo Margo Rose http://hrmargo.com

  6. December 14, 2009 at 4:43 pm

    @margo i’m ok with people doing something they “aren’t on fire about.” rare are those who can marry what they really love with an economically viable proposition. having said that, if you aren’t on fire don’t rain on my parade. you’re on point there. here’s to hoping you find something that can burn you up…

  7. Erika Abell Gennari
    December 22, 2009 at 6:07 pm

    Positions should be like old fashioned Irish marriages, reviewed once a year to decide whether or not they’re a good fit for both parties.

    Best of luck with the rain cloud.

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