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Sunday, July 5, 2015
MORALE The Meaning of Morale By VIKRAM KARVE
I am sure you have heard of the term MORALE – especially if you are an HR person or a Military Officer.
But tell me, do you precisely know the meaning of the term MORALE ?
If you google the word MORALE to find out the definition, you will get a plethora of confusing gobbledygook.
The reason is clear – MORALE is an intangible entity which is easy to experience and feel, but which cannot be precisely defined.
So I will say only this.
MORALE comes from 3 factors:
1.Having an important job to do.
2.Feeling that you are doing it well.
3. Receiving recognition for your good work.
That is all there is to it.
Morale has got nothing to do with money.
Morale is all about recognition – and the respect which flows from recognition.
Of the 3 R’s of Human Resource Management:
2. RECOGNITION 3. RESPECT
Reward has got the least to do with Morale
Recognition and Respect contribute much more to raising Morale
So if you want to raise MORALE you must focus on the three points mentioned above and ensure that the employee gets due RECOGNITION and consequential RESPECT.
I will end with a quote by General George S. Patton on the importance of Morale:
Wars may be fought with weapons – but they are won by men
It is the spirit of men who follow – and of the man who leads – that gains the victory
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