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Employee morale is an employee’s attitude, satisfaction, and overall outlook regarding their job. Employee morale can fluctuate as it is dependent on many variables. Sometimes a depreciation of employee morale can be the result of burnout or a change in management. It’s very important to a business for its employees to enjoy being at work. Thus, leaders are responsible for ensuring that the work environment is the ideal place for workers’ personal and professional development. Leaders can improve employee morale by incorporating the following into their leadership regimen:
Promote Employee Feedback
Poor communication is one of the main culprits in the breaking down of relationships. Leaders should encourage their employees to voice their views more often. By getting feedback, leaders can improve the infrastructure of their business. Employee feedback is ideal for a business’ success. Leaders should actively listen to their employees and encourage them to participate in work meetings. By doing this, leaders can accommodate their employees, making work more suitable for their employee’s needs. Feedback can also be in regard to a leader’s leadership style. Leaders shouldn’t take this personally or get defensive. Instead, they should maintain an open mind and reciprocate effective changes immediately.
Ineffective delegation of tasks can lead to negative employee morale. Each employee should be matched with appropriate tasks reflective of each person’s abilities and level of experience. Employees may interpret improper delegation as a lack of trust. Employees should be given more “challenging” projects if they show good work performance. This helps each worker grow and improve their skills instead of remaining at the same level of experience. It also shows that their leader trusts in their experience and competence to successfully complete the task. Also, employees tend to get bored when they aren’t challenged in their work and aren’t being in mentally stimulated enough. So, proper delegation should remain a priority to keep employees invested in their work assignments.
Create an Effective Incentive Plan
Employee morale may fluctuate or decrease if employees feel overlooked or underappreciated. Leaders can show appreciation to their workers by giving direct and specific recognition. Instead of saying a simple “Thank you”, leaders can address the person on the specific job they did and their contribution. Another way to show appreciation is to institute an effective incentive plan. Leaders can set milestones and gifts for each milestone reached. Also, leaders should consider giving bonuses or perhaps giving out more promotions.
Great leaders have a lot of qualities and characteristics that make them very influential. Leaders are visionaries who inspire others to share in the same vision and goal. However, leaders must have the ability to meet people where they are currently and bring them up to be the best version of themselves. To understand people better, leaders must have empathy. Empathy is simply the ability to put one’s self in the shoes of another person and understand what that person is feeling or going through. Empathetic people consider how others feel and always regard the perspectives of those around them. Empathy is essential to leadership and is one of the main factors that draw the line between a dictator and a leader. The following are a few reasons why empathy matters as a leader:
“The best bosses are people who are trustworthy, empathetic, and connected, who make us feel calm, appreciated, and inspired. The worst – distant, difficult, and arrogant – make us feel uneasy at best and resentful at worst.” – Daniel Goleman
Empathy is essential for leaders because it allows them to be more considerate of the views and feelings of those around them. If a leader is only concerned with their own selfish interest, employees will feel overlooked and unappreciated. This lack of job satisfaction tends to show up in a variety of ways. Empathy helps boost employee morale and allow employees to enjoy their work as their leader is of service to their employees’ needs.
Better Work Quality and Production
When employee morale is depreciated, work quality and work production usually suffer. It’s difficult for many people to be in the headspace to complete a job at their full capacity if they are feeling defeated. Instead of communication being one-sided, empathy gives leaders the needed perspective to connect with their employees and make the necessary accommodations to resolve any presenting issues. This allows employees to focus on their individual responsibilities without having to stress about their needs being met. Production and work quality are at its best when employees are enjoying their work as empathy will resolve compliance problems.
Building Interpersonal Relationships
It’s important for employees to trust each other and for them to trust their leader. Interpersonal relationships are strengthened as a result of employing empathy. When everyone’s needs are prioritized, everyone gets along a lot better and the team works more as a cohesive unit. Employees don’t have to worry about favoritism or comparing themselves to other employees who may be receiving different treatment from their leader.
Servant leadership differs from regular leadership as it aims to serve others. Leaders inspire others to share their vision. While servant leadership prioritizes the visions, others may have and assist them in accomplishing their goals. In servant leadership, a leader pushes their team to innovate, think outside the box, and follow their own dreams. Sometimes it’s not always about leading in the frontline. Sometimes it is about being the support system so that others can lead in their direction. This is essentially how servant leadership works. To understand what makes a leader who’s of service, one should consider the following:
Humility and Encouragement
Servant leadership requires a level of humility and the ability to encourage others. There may be times when a person is unsure of the direction they want to take or weary of their ability to make their vision happen. Servant leadership requires that a leader maintain the motivation and keep one’s vision a priority until it has come into fruition. With having humility, a leader isn’t concerned with status or notoriety. Their contentment comes from assisting their team with their personal passions and career goals. For this to occur, a leader must have an unselfish mindset.
Boosting Employee Morale
Leaders who are geared towards being of service to their employees or colleagues are more immersed in the growth and development of their team. To boost employee morale, servant leaders may give employees more responsibilities, be more personable, make the office fun, give small perks, offer training, recognize individual employees specifically for their work, etc.
Servant leaders look for how their service benefits others. So, they may provide mentorship programs and free training to help their workers become the best they can be at their jobs. Selfless acts may also include having wellness checks where leaders check in on employees’ mental health. These kinds of actions build trust and comradery within the workplace. By fostering an environment of transparency and open communication, leaders will receive more honest feedback from their team. When leaders of service provide resources and assistance to their colleagues, they are not expecting anything in return. They give out of a willingness to help others achieve their goals.
About Jason William Kumpf
Jason William Kumpf has worked in international business for over a decade. With involvement in global real estate sectors, the expat sector, ecommerce, and finance, it is safe to say that Jason William Kumpf is a well-rounded businessman. By having a hand in multiple sectors of various international and national markets, Jason has built an incredible network of global professionals that include recognizable Fortune 500 companies as well as young, burgeoning startups.
Jason William Kumpf is Co-Chairman for an international California Trade and Business Networked called Cal Trade. To expand his reach, he also serves on the Young Members Board for FIABCI International Real Estate Foundation, a French entity with active chapters in 48 different countries. In addition to these positions, Kumpf is the Director of Alliance Partnerships at USForex Inc which works toward creating better exchange rates for several international ecommerce markets. Similarly, Jason William Kumpf is the Director of Partnerships at OFX, also in the international currency exchange rate industry, working towards the acquiring the best exchange rates available for his international clients.
In addition to Jason’s work internationally in the foreign exchange markets, he has also taken a great interest in tech startups. He has a passion for taking an outside look at complex issues and creating tangible solutions to better the overall structure of a new company. Because of his extensive training in a wide range of industries, and because of his energetic and positive spirit, Jason William Kumpf is able to not only craft great business strategy but motivate his teams as well.
Having spent nearly 20 years studying abroad and working internationally, Jason William Kumpf has seen many sides of business, negotiating, and leadership. For this reason, he feels it is incredibly important that he pass on the information he’s gained over the years to those looking to grow within the international exchange rate markets. Having a strong leadership style is valuable, but having the ability to adapt that leadership style to meet the needs of any market you’re working in is a priceless skill that will take anyone with the right drive far in life. Jason William Kumpf hopes to inspire some of this leadership in a new generation of young and talented industry members.
As Jason William Kumpf enters the next stage of his career, he looks towards opening new doors for leadership training and business strategy opportunities. If you’re a young tech startup or just looking for some leadership style advice, Jason William Kumpf’s new blog will act as a great resource. Without sharing what works, progress cannot be made, and Jason William Kumpf is dedicated to not only continuing a successful career for himself, but to see this reality happen for others.
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