Survey Finds Morale High Among Workers

The mood around the office water cooler is generally positive, new research suggests. In an Accountemps survey, nearly four in ten workers (39 percent) described the morale at their companies as very good. Forty-two percent of people interviewed said workplace morale is somewhat good.

Workers were asked, "How would you describe the general morale of employees at your company?" Their responses:
  • Very good: 39 percent
  • Somewhat good: 42 percent
  • Somewhat poor: 12 percent
  • Very poor: 6 percent
  • Don't know/no answer: 1 percent
 
"People ultimately want work they are proud of, colleagues they respect, and an environment where their contributions are valued," said Max Messmer, chairman of Accountemps and author of Human Resources Kit for Dummies. "Employers who foster this type of culture are rewarded with higher employee morale and productivity." 
 
Messmer advises managers to avoid taking employee job satisfaction for granted. "Workplace dynamics change constantly," he noted. "Companies should keep a pulse on staff engagement, particularly as business conditions change or new managers are appointed."
 
Accountemps highlights four methods to help managers gauge the morale of their teams:
 
1. Talk to staff. Checking in with employees on a regular basis, from a quick chat at the water cooler to stopping by someone's desk, is perhaps the most effective way to gauge the morale of your staff. During these conversations, ask about any challenges the team faces and how employees feel about work.
 
2. Observe behavior and performance changes. When employees who were once highly engaged don't speak up in meetings or fail to participate in group activities, it could be a sign they no longer feel connected to the company's mission or to fellow team members.
 
3. Survey employees. Periodically collect feedback from staff members on subjects ranging from whether employees feel they have the necessary tools to do their jobs well and adequate management support to how the company can improve the work environment. The survey process alone is a morale booster because it shows people you value their opinions. Just be sure to act on the feedback you receive.
 
4. Conduct exit interviews. Ask departing employees how they'd improve morale and the work environment. Consider working with human resources or another contact outside of your department to conduct the meeting and serve as a more neutral facilitator.
 
About the survey:
The survey was developed by Accountemps, a specialized staffing service for temporary accounting, finance, and bookkeeping professionals. It was conducted by an independent research firm and includes responses from 443 working adults eighteen or older and employed in an office environment.
 
Source: Accountemps
 

You may like these other stories...

Event Date: October 21, 2014, 2 pm ETKristen Rampe will share how to speak and write more effectively by understanding your own and your audience’s communication style. When two people have very different communication...
Majority of House of Representatives urges leadership to preserve cash method of accounting for tax purposesA bipartisan majority of the House of Representatives – 233 members – has signed a letter urging House...
Tax friendly trusts swell under new rulesUS companies are latching onto an obscure real estate provision to avoid corporate taxes, widely adopting a financial maneuver that has been expanded under the Obama administration,...

Already a member? log in here.

Upcoming CPE Webinars

Sep 24
In this jam-packed presentation Excel expert David Ringstrom, CPA will give you a crash-course in creating spreadsheet-based dashboards. A dashboard condenses large amounts of data into a compact space, yet enables the end user to easily drill down into details when warranted.
Sep 30
This webcast will include discussions of important issues in SSARS No. 19 and the current status of proposed changes by the Accounting and Review Services Committee in these statements.
Oct 21
Kristen Rampe will share how to speak and write more effectively by understanding your own and your audience's communication style.
Oct 23
Amber Setter will show the value of leadership assessments as tools for individual and organizational leadership development initiatives.