The Cure To Low Morale In The Workplace

The Cure To Low Morale In The Workplace

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If the morale is your organization is low. It’s your fault. As a leader, your job is to inspire and fire up your team members during tough times. No excuses. No ifs. No buts.

Unless your workplace is on another planet, you should expect a wave of change will sweep up your company. They will announce some kind of downsizing, merger, or a takeover.

So, if you are not going through a change process, brace yourself. Disruption or disturbance is on the way! And it doesn’t matter how great you are doing now, things will shift soon or later.

That said, when it’s your turn, rest assured that the solution is not more training, skills, or consultants. You don’t want to trigger even more aggravation.

Your employees don’t want to hear your pontification about embracing change either.

They intuitively know how to navigate the waves of change. It’s an instinct that’s programmed in their nervous system. They know how to rise above their challenges.

They already have the creativity to solve their toughest problems. They have have been through some turbulent changes throughout their lives.

What your team members need from you is more inspiration. They need upliftment. They need you to boost their morale. They need what I called an ICU. That stands for the following: Injection. Communication. Unification.

I.C.U. : Injection. Communication. Unification

3 Ways To Boost Morale In The Workplace

1. injection: Inject Your Employees With High Doses Of Dopamine

When morale is low, employees are stressed and discouraged. They don’t have the drive to keep pressing on. Their brain secretes cortisol which is a poison that causes all kinds of diseases in the body.

As a leader, you need to turn on the dopamine switch in their brain. Dopamine is a feel-good drug that boosts morale, elevates moods, and a host of other benefits.

“Appreciation is the elevator that lifts teams up in the workplace.”

We should naturally get into the habit of praising and appreciating others. In fact, in my keynote presentation, I propose we should start an APPRECIATION MOVEMENT in every workplace. That’s a surefire way to boost morale and inspire team members.

You want to have a lot of quick morale-boosting meetings as your company is going through the change transition. Let your employees know how much you appreciate them.

Praise them for their courage, creativity, and patient through this change. Let them know how important they are to the company.

Seek Their Support

Solicit their inputs and feedback so they can feel they are a contribution to the change process. As the saying goes,

“People support what they help create.”

They have the attitude, “I’m a part of it. I will do my absolute best to make sure we succeed.”Make sure you publicly recognize great ideas and feedback.

Every time you get a chance to praise and appreciate anyone individually, do so. Make them feel good about themselves. Give them a shot of dopamine.

Make no mistake, some of your team members are already thinking about quitting. Most people have a low tolerance for high pressure. Those tiny dopamine shots will go along way.

The number one job of a leader is to uplift and inspire. You need to make others feel good about themselves.

2. communication: Never Leave Your Staff In The Dark

Nobody wants to be left in the dark. Your employees are already afraid the worst might happen. They are scared. They worry that their position might be eliminated.

It’s horrifying to think a change process might cause your job to be eliminated; something that can disrupt your entire life.

If you are not informing and communicating with your team members on what’s going on, they will draw their own conclusion. The mind abhors a vacuum. It will fill the gap with more fear.

If you don’t know what’s going on, don’t pretend. Tell your team members you don’t know. Assure them as soon you get any information, you will communicate it.

You are essentially telling them we are in the same boat. That should make everyone feels better about the situation.

That said, the moment you know something, immediately communicate it. They will trust you more.

3. unification: Help Them Bond With Each Other

When times are tough, you must solidify your team. Create a family atmosphere. Refer to them as the family. You have to make them feel there’s a bond. You might even refer to your customers as the community when talking to your team.

According to Abram Maslow, one of the most profound psychological needs people have is the need to belong. You want to make them feel like we are all in this together and we can pull through.

A by-product of this strategy is that you are creating what is called the pain of disconnection. What that means is, team members will not quit because of the family or the community bond.

How to Get People to Cooperate and Comply to Your Requests Without Being Pushy




How would you like to more cooperation from your team members, teenage kids, or acquaintances? Is it possible to get people say yes without being pushy?

The answer is yes. There’s a way to get others to do your bidding or comply with your requests. Also, they will never know your strategy. You are about to learn how to do so in this video.

However, I urge to use this tool responsibly. It’s not intended for manipulation. It’s merely a way to get others to cooperate with you to get things done.

So, what I want to share with you is a magic phrase you can use to bypass the conscious mind and make the request to the subconscious mind. Here’s the phrase:

You don’t have to…

It’s that simple. You tell the person he or she doesn’t have to do what you are asking. Here’s why this is so powerful:

As human beings, the one thing we value and cherish above anything else is the freedom to choose. Any time someone tries to take it away from us, we are ready to fight.

That is why an entire nation would bend together and risk their lives in front of tanks and machine guns to overthrow a dictatorship government. When it comes to freedom no one is willing to negotiate.

Breakups happen in relationships because one partner is trying to dominate or take away the freedom of the other. Kids rebel because they feel like their parents are taking away their freedom.

When you tell a person he or she does not have to do something, you automatically let them know their freedom is not at stake. That’s how you get more compliance from others.

This is essentially one of the powerful tools for persuasion and influence. Simply put, it’s reverse psychology. Try it, and you will notice a drastic difference in the way people respond to you when you ask for a favor.

By the way, when you combine the word favor and this strategy, your odds will increase drastically.

Think about it this way, the word favor implies the person is not obligated to do what you are asking. Do you see why this can be so effective?

Let’s see how you can use this in a real-life situation. Suppose you are the leader in your company. Corporate just sent a memo to you about the need to have all your employees on deck tomorrow. They just launched a marketing campaign. They are expecting an influx of new customers.

One of your team members is supposed to be off on that day. You call a meeting with the employee. You say something like…

“I just received a memo from corporate. They are expecting a flood of new customers to come in tomorrow. They want everyone to be present. Sorry, it’s your off day. But we need to you to show up.”

How well do think that would go? Do you think that’s demanding instead of asking? Of course, it is demanding. Chances are, you will a no. Your team member will fight your demand.

Let’s see how you approach this differently. You tell the employee…

“I just received a memo from corporate. The VP of operations or marketing is expecting a flood of new customers. They want me to be fully staffed. I know tomorrow is your day off. But, I need you to do me a favor. Can you come tomorrow? You don’t have to. But if you did, it would mean the world to the team and me.”

Do you see how that would be different? You are asking. You are not imposing or demanding. You are leaving the person with the freedom to choose.

If you are the head of the human resources department, this strategy can be very useful to you. HR professionals often are the people who get to make a lot of unusual requests, especially during times of difficult change in the workplace.

Let me know what you think.

Conflict Resolution: An Insanely Simple Way To Resolve Drama In The Workplace

Have you ever had to put up with some drama or office politics in the workplace? Is it with your boss or a coworker?

Let’s see; you spend about eight hours in the workplace for five days a week. That means you spend more hours with your coworkers and bosses than with your own family. Right?

Don’t you think you deserve peace of mind during your work hours? I think so.

It’s all about teamwork. It’s about getting along with your coworkers or bosses to get the job done. When there are fighting and tension at work, nobody wins. Morale is low. Productivity goes down.

Now, there are many books and training out there on conflict resolution. But, I don’t believe conflicts are that difficult to resolve.

With this simple strategy I share in the video, you probably don’t need any conflict resolution training, mediation, or outside intervention.

In most cases, we can solve a conflict by acknowledging there’s a problem and we need to resolve it. Simply put, communication is key. The silent attitude is not a solution.

Conflict or bullying is about pushing and resisting. People are wired to push and resist. They need conflicts to thrive. When there is nothing to push, they feel weak and powerless.

Admittedly, we need to conflicts to grow, learn and expand. However, when the conflicts create too much stress and drama, we need to do something about it.

So, don’t wait for the situation to get better on its own. Take the responsibility to resolve the issue.

My nephew came to me for advice to deal with his aggressive and pushy boss. I shared a strategy with him. Three days later he sent me a text message to let me know the boss made a 360-degree turn.

That’s exactly what I want to share with you here so you can resolve all your conflicts.

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Point #1 Drive: How To Tap Into Your Personal Power

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Here’s the first D Rene shares with his audiences during his keynote presentation. In order to stay in the race and thrive during turbulent times of change, you must find the drive to keep pressing.

The amazing thing is, you do not need to look for DRIVE out there. It’s already within you. It’s your God-given gift. In this video, Rene shares with you how to tap into power internal power to win during times of tough challenges.

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Point #2 Duplicate: How To Find The Right Resources To Get Unstuck

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There are times when you have the drive to keep pressing on. But somehow, you feel stuck. You just don’t know what to do. Your knowledge seems to be limited. That’s when you embrace the concept of duplication.

When you think you reach your limit, you start modeling success. Pause your ego and ask someone for help. Study others who are succeeding. The reality is, you already have the know-how inside of you. When you learn to duplicate, you are simply looking for winning ideas to spark your internal genius.

No matter what you are going through, millions have already gone through it. They figured out how to overcome your particular challenge. You can reverse engineer their success. You can do so through books, coaches, or mentors.

Don’t reinvent the wheel. Success leaves clues. Find them. In this video, I reveal to you how to tap into the vast reservoir of knowledge that is waiting for you.

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How To Easily Get Rid Of Bad Habits And Replace Them With Good Ones

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As you might already know, the world is changing at a rapid pace. We all need to make some changes to catch up and stay relevant.

That means we have to get rid of some bad habits and form new ones.

My guess is, just like anyone else, you probably tried to break some bad habits in the past. But you were not successful. That can be very frustrating.

You want to improve. You want to get better. But somehow, something is pulling you back. You simply can’t let go of some habits.

Maybe you want to get your body in shape. You want to lose 20 pounds, start a new business, or write a book. But some bad behaviors keep you from getting results.

Now, is there a quick and surefire way to once and for all zap a bad habit? The answer is, no! There’s not.

As you might already know, bad habits are like a comfortable bed in the winter. It’s easy to get in and extremely hard to get out.

That said, the only way to break a bad habit is to install a new and opposite one. The brain hates a vacuum. You cannot get rid of a bad habit and leave the space empty.

Let’s say you are the type of person who improperly interrupts others during a conversation. If you want to correct that behavior, you have to replace it with the opposite.

But here’s the kicker:

Replacing a bad habit with a good one requires lots of repetitions over time.

That’s the part most people don’t fully comprehend. That’s why they get stuck doing the wrong things over and over.

Let me break down what I mean for you.

Too Much Motivation Is Not Always Good

Most of us have big dreams and lofty goals. After all, our natural tendency is to seek expansion.

So, if you have big goals, I want to congratulate you. That’s awesome!

But, those lofty goals and dreams could be what’s preventing you from breaking bad habits and forming new ones.

That doesn’t make sense. Does it? Alright, let me clarify.

Let’s say you feel out of shape. You set a goal to lose 20 pounds. What do you do?

First, you feel a surge of motivation. You immediately join the gym.

The first week, you spend 3 hours per day for five days in the gym. You do the same for the second, and the third week. Then you are exhausted. You are in excruciating pain.

You look at yourself in the mirror, and you don’t notice any difference. The little voice in your head starts saying, “This is too hard?”

You revolt. You quit.

What’s the matter? What happens?

Stop Fighting Yourself

Too much motivation to do too much too fast will create a tug of war within you.

Have you ever heard that too much of anything could be dangerous? In French, they say, “l’exces en tout nuit.”

The translation is, excess in everything is bad. When you are too motivated, you tend to overextend yourself. And that triggers discouragement.

I know some people can break bad habits cold turkey. They have the willpower to do so. But, for most of us mortals, it’s not that easy.

Okay, if too much motivation is a problem, how do you break bad habits and form good ones?

As I mentioned before, the best way to break bad habits is to replace them with good ones. Here’s how:

Tiny Adjustments Lead To Permanent Change

You don’t get too excited. You motivate yourself just enough to take a few simple steps daily until they become habits.

You want to create new patterns in your brain.

Motivation will get you going. But, it’s ultimately your incremental and daily habits that create lasting change.

Small doses of motivation are way better than a big surge.

Instead of rushing to the gym and punish yourself, set a goal to walk around the blocks for 30 minutes every day. Set a goal to do 20 pushups every day. Then go to the gym three times a week for one hour.

I’m all for losing 20 poundings. But don’t get too emotional.

If you want to write a book, don’t pound on the keyboard for 8 hours a day for one week. That’s too much motivation.

Set a goal to write 2 hours daily. Focus on writing one chapter per week. As the saying goes, “Inch by inch, life’s a cinch. Yard by yard, life’s hard.”

I used to run half marathons. I discovered a way to push through. I started focusing on the next mile instead of the rest of the race.

I tricked my mind to think I’m running one mile 12 times. That worked like a charm.

The secret to forming good habits is to repeat small changes over and over until they are automatic.

Conclusion…

All of us have habits we are not too happy about. The good news is, you have the capacity to zap them for good. The brain is plastic. We can mold it to serve our purpose.

If you don’t like the results you are getting in life, change the bad habits or behaviors. Start implement tiny changes.

Disruptive changes are the results of years of compounding little improvements. They disrupt our lives because we are not paying close attention.

I encourage you to set a goal to start repeating small changes daily until they become unbreakable habits that make you proud. In no time, your new and good behaviors will shock others. 

If bad habits were keeping you from getting a promotion or attracting what you want, you now know how to remove those barriers. 

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Rene Godefroy
Legendary Motivational Speaker,
Self-help Expert, And
Humanitarian

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