Causes of Low Employee Morale

Causes of Low Employee Morale

Lack of Growth
This is true at both the personal and the business level. If the business isn’t growing and there’s no movement or action, employees can become bored and demotivated.
The research shows that employees need that growth to stay engaged, and if they don’t get it, they’ll start to become disengaged and eventually leave for a more challenging role.
Lack of Clarity
When employees don’t fully know what’s expected of them, or those expectations are misaligned, that leads to unnecessary stress and employees will lose morale.
This is why it’s important to set clear goals with each member of your team and use monthly one-on-ones as a way to check in to see if there are any clarity issues.
Change in Leadership
Any type of change is hard to handle. If there was a recent merger, or a shakeup at the senior leadership level, that can easily lower morale as that confidence is shaken, the culture will likely change, and morale can take a hit.
Change management is one of the hardest things an organization will have to go through, so it’s important to keep a close eye on morale throughout any major change.
Leadership Issues
More often than not, leadership issues are one of the biggest reasons for low morale. Leaders need to understand how their behavior is affecting the team. It’s tough for front-line managers that are stuck between their team and the senior leaders, but low morale can have such a dramatic effect on your team that it’s worth bringing up to senior leadership.