Friday, January 13, 2017

Morale – Meaning and Definition

The Meaning and Definition of Morale

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. 

At this juncture  let me give you a quote by Mary Kay Ash 

There are two things people want more than sex and money – Recognition and Praise... 


There are 3 R’s of Human Resource Management:


Of these 
3 R’s of HR Management  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 3 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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