As an HR leader, do you ever hear that phrase from employees?? I sure hope so! One would assume that phrase means that person has high employee morale. Notice how I said, “assume.” Personally, I would want to follow that up with asking the employee, “Why do you love your job?!”
Their answer to your follow up question should be very telling, so take note!
“I love my job because I get to work with my mentor, my co-workers are supportive and experts at what they do, and most importantly, the actual work I perform can be life-changing for communities around the world! My job is awesome!” Ok, I’ll have what they’re having!
Would you assume this person is someone like an engineer at a global biotechnology firm? Great assumption but wrong answer – They are a marketing intern!
Employee morale comes in all shapes, sizes, and colors. A quick Google search will return hundreds of inspiring and sometimes intimidating examples of employee engagement and high morale. I can always take away at least one of two things that are helpful and informative. But I can’t just take what I read and apply it to my organization. Why? Because employee engagement should be customized for the individuals in your company, a cookie-cutter approach is not the answer.
Who is responsible for employee morale? Everyone! It should be fluid and flow between all layers of the organization, no matter the job title. I know this because I have seen it, and I hope you have, too!
My advice is to allow employee morale and engagement to happen organically by having a culture of YES! Entrusting everyone with the responsibility of employee engagement, combined with a YES culture, can translate into exceptional employee contentment. Here is what I mean:
To reiterate, everyone in the organization should seek out opportunities to enhance or affirm employee morale. It can be initiated by a prayer group or a department manager.
Given my experiences and witness, I don’t recommend a one-size-fits-all morale-boosting program, because of the beautiful, messy, complicated, talented, individual humans that encompass our organizations. Now go and figure out how to say YES so people can #LoveTheirJob!
Rebecca Stinson, SHRM-CP, is a certified Human Resources influencer, passionate about team building, leadership, consulting, strategic planning, recruiting, relationship building, and training. She currently holds the position of Director of Human Resources, though, she is endearingly referred to as the resource to the humans in her organization! With over 13 years of experience in the “people” field, it is evident Rebecca has enthusiasm to serve others through her positive energy, natural influence, and occasional (work appropriate) antics.