Author Archives: Chad Mager

Building Staff Morale

Building staff morale is not as complicated or difficult as it may seem. I know a lot of supervisors and managers struggle with building staff morale, but if you keep in mind just a few simple ideas, you can begin to change the culture and morale of your office.

  • Be sincere, authentic, real. People see through fake attempts quicker than my dog can swipe my sandwich off the countertop. If you attempt things with a lack of sincerity or with other underlying motives, people notice and it’s a huge turn off. Attempts made in that way usually make things worse, not better.  So, if you are going to make changes, make sure YOU believe in them first, otherwise no one else truly will believe it.
  • Listen first. If you are not listening to your staff or team members, then there is no way to know what motivates, encourages or affects them.  If you want to turn around morale, you first need to be aware of some of the issues your staff members are worried about. Listen. Ask questions, but again, be sure that your questions are sincere and don’t come across as entrapment.
  • Know your people. As you listen, you will begin to get to know your staff. Perhaps you will learn things you never knew before, even if you thought you knew them well. Having this knowledge will help you to do the following.
  • Use encouragement for a job well done. Don’t be afraid to compliment and encourage your staff. Everyone likes knowing that they are doing a good job, the right way. Don’t hold back and do not believe the misinformation out there that saying it too much loses the significance to the employee. Nothing could be farther from the truth. Employees want to know that their boss is pleased with their work.

If you approach your staff and team members with sincerity, you actively listen, get to know them and what makes them tick, and you take the time and effort to notice and applaud their work, you will find morale in your workplace will improve and you will have more productive workers.

If you’re interested in learning more about staff morale, join us for a free webinar on Tuesday, April 18 at 10 a.m. Register for the webinar.

Setting Goals (and accomplishing them!)

Setting Goals (and accomplishing them!)

The start of a new year has many of us setting goals, whether at work or in our personal lives. Pick goals that motivate you If you are setting a personal goal, start with something you really want to accomplish and are motivated to work on. Don’t start with the most dreaded item on your… Continue Reading

Getting Ready for 2017

Getting Ready for 2017

As we approach the end of year and the start of a new one, folks will begin making their New Year Resolutions. We often laugh at them or make fun of them, but secretly we all have those nagging things that we wish we could change. So we continue each new year to consider improvements in ourselves. Likewise,… Continue Reading

Building Trust

With the recent worldwide success of the latest Marvel superhero movie, Captain America: Civil War, I thought it would be fun to discuss some nonprofit organization issues using the various superheroes as examples. It should prove to be both entertaining and hopefully educational as well. If you have seen or are familiar with the most… Continue Reading

Volunteer Delegation: How to Organize Your Process

Most nonprofits find themselves holding events or fundraisers that require more manpower than the staff can provide alone. Naturally, they begin to recruit volunteers to help make their events successful.  But how does the staff decide what to do with the volunteers once they are committed?  How do you delegate and trust them to do… Continue Reading

4 Tips to Inspire & Motivate Leaders in the Office

The workplace environment can have a major impact on your mood and emotions. For any business to thrive, it is important to create an environment that can inspire and motivate the employees. This is also projected to increase workers’ productivity. Here are a few quick tips to help create a motivating environment: Continue Reading