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Question: “Employee morale is becoming a concern. Some of us remember a time (not so long ago) when employees seemed happy and enthusiastic when they came to work. Now, it seems that many of them are dragging in, moping around, going through the motions. Some of my colleagues got defensive and even upset when I asked the question, ‘What’s our role in employee morale?’ They seem to think that employee morale is not their concern – it’s something for the employees to take care of on their own. What’s your take?”

Answer: As we continue to confront uncertainty and ambiguity in so many aspects of our lives, it is not surprising that employee morale is suffering in your (and many other) organizations. Employees are scared. Will I be the next one to lose my job? How much more belt-tightening can I endure? More is being asked of me, how much more do I have to offer? It’s so hard right now, when will it get easier? When will the pressure let up?

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Daniel A. Schroeder, Ph.D. is president of Brookfield based Organization Development Consultants Inc. ( He can be reached at 262-827-1901 or Read More »

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