It\u2019s time for businesspeople to feel good if not\n\nbetter about their work and feel a sense of personal worth for the\n\ncontributions they make day in and day out. Although not everyone sees\n\nit, employee morale is actually on the upswing, with top executives\n\nleading the way, from a personal standpoint.\n\nThis is not to say that everyone at the office feels great about\n\nhis or her job. After all, with 12-hour workdays, under-utilization of\n\nvacation time and hardly a moment for personal errands, there doesn\u2019t\n\nseem to be time to stop and feel good about work.\n\nHowever, the majority of senior executives and managers in\n\nbusiness today say that overall employee morale in their departments or\n\norganizations is high, based on a nationwide survey we conducted.\n\nWhile three-fifths of executives and managers see employee\n\nmorale at their organizations as high, 70 percent say their own morale\n\nis high, with almost a quarter ranking it as extremely high.\n\n\u201cBusiness is continuing to grow in the area, and everyone has a\n\nvery upbeat view of the local and regional outlook,\u201d said one survey\n\nrespondent. \u201cWhile the entire staff is very busy, the work is fun and\n\neveryone just feels good about results compared to two years ago.\u201d\n\n\n\n\n\nSome organizations conscientiously work to improve morale while others barely give it a thought.\n\n\n\n\u201cMy organization is striving to maintain good morale,\u201d said one\n\nrespondent. \u201cThere is actually a formal team of employees that is\n\nresponsible for improving internal communications, cultural training\n\nand fun activities for the employees. I\u2019m fortunate to work for an\n\norganization that recognizes the value and contributions of its\n\nemployees, and rewards them.\u201d\n\nWhile it might be typical for disgruntled workers to say that\n\nmoral in their organization is at an all-time low (at any given time),\n\nthere are valid concerns when morale is negatively impacted from above.\n\n\u201cThe morale has never been lower,\u201d said one\n\nmanager respondent. \u201cVPs do conference calls to their staff and end up\n\ndemoralizing the team even more. Execs seemed to have lost touch of how\n\nto communicate to employees. They only care of work and expect 12-hour\n\ndays with weekends without regard for personal life. Their main mode is\n\nyelling.\u201d\n\nSaid another: \u201cThe morale in our organization is largely driven\n\nby the actions of our CEO. He has created an environment of fear and\n\nretribution. Values and ethics appear to be optional and it leaves\n\neveryone concerned and on edge.\u201d\n\n\u201cThe tone of the company must be established from the top,\u201d\n\nsaid one survey respondent. \u201cMorale, while discussed at great lengths,\n\ndoesn\u2019t seem to be a focal point of senior managers, hence middle\n\nmanagers don\u2019t work on it either. This is a dangerous combination.\u201d\n\n\n\n\n\nUnexpected changes in the business also can have an impact on morale. \n\n\n\n\u201cA change in strategic direction has influenced my morale and\n\nthe morale of other senior people,\u201d said one respondent. \u201cIt is not the\n\nfirm we came to work for and not the kind of work that we want to do.\n\nMany will retire or move on and the organization (and the individuals)\n\nwill be the better for it.\u201d\n\n\n\n\n\nSaid another: \u201cMorale has been negative due to recent merger, change in management and lack of communication from management.\u201d\n\n\n\nMorale check: Are you among the majority of companies where\n\nmorale at work is high? Remember, there are many other companies where\n\nit is.