We had a lively monthly meeting yesterday at my local SHRM chapter gathering. Two teams of 5 were formed – consisting of 4 students from each of our local SHRM student chapters (Louisiana State University and Southern University) plus 1 HR professional. The teams faced off against each other, Family Feud style, answering with the “most popular answers” in order to win glory, prizes and bragging rights. Approximately 2 weeks before the meeting, local HR professionals/chapter members were surveyed to gather the top 100 answers to questions including “Most Common Reasons Employees Give for Missing Work” and “Things Candidates Should Not Wear to a Professional Job Interview” (flips flops – shocker! – came in as #1 for that one).
And then we got to “Name a Way to Boost Employee Morale.” The top ways, as listed by local HR professionals, were:
- Recognition/Rewards/Appreciation: 28
- Parties/Company Events: 18
- Lunch/Picnic: 18
- Vacation/PTO/Flex Time: 10
What? No Casual Friday? Cake on your birthday? Employee of the Month parking spot?
Do you know why morale is low at your company?
It’s because your employees are underpaid, overworked, and have no power.
It’s because they aren’t trusted to make decisions.
It’s because you courted them with promises of champagne and endless sunsets and now withhold your love like you’re Juan Pablo at the final rose ceremony.
It’s because you expect your professional, exempt, high-potential employees to sit with their butts-in-chairs in the office even though they could accomplish their work, probably more efficiently, from home or their neighborhood CC’s Coffeehouse.
It’s because you’re inflexible and enjoy pointing to rules and policies as the answer to every query of “why?”
It’s because your Assistant Supervisor of Quality Input Operations was promoted, received no training on how to manage people, and is a total jackhole who rules by fear and intimidation.
It’s because you don’t realize the world of work has changed dramatically since 2001 2011.
It’s because you, Ms/Mr HR Manager, continue to embrace the Human Resources model born from the industrial-age even though we’re living in the social-technology-EVERYTHING IS POSSIBLE age.
So yeah. Go and solve that morale problem by hosting a potluck and throwing a picnic.
And then wonder why you can’t get anyone to have a different view of what HR is all about.
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