How to Solve Morale Problems

Biggest Takeaways You Don't Want to Miss:
  • Before you try to solve morale issues in your school you first have to examine your motives. If your motives are rooted in your own ego, you’re part of the problem.
  • The root cause of morale issues are rarely what we imagine. That’s why it’s important to investigate the heart of morale issues first so that you truly understand what’s going on before you try to solve them.
  • As much as I love cupcakes, they have never solved a morale issue. 
  • Kind gestures enhance a healthy school culture. But using kind gestures to try to solve a broken culture can come off as manipulative.
  • If it works for kids but not for the adults who serve those kids, then it won’t work for long. Anything you do must work for both the kids AND the adults in order to be sustainable. 
  • Serving both the students and the adults in your building doesn’t have to be an either/or proposition. Truly healthy cultures find ways to support both your students AND the adults who serve them.

What do you do when staff morale begins to slip?

Well, if you are a leader, you look for an inspirational video to play at your next staff meeting, a PD activity you can quickly put together (trust falls anyone?), or a cool gift you can leave in teachers’ mail boxes (“Oh look! It’s an ice scraper with our school logo! I’ve always wanted one of those.”). But we all know that those things don’t work.

For one, they can come off as manipulative and disingenuous. For another, they offer a bandaid at best for a much deeper and more nuanced problem.

That’s why Builders approach morale problems differently and in today's episode, I’m going to break down the exact steps Builders use to solve morale issues once and for all. Even if you aren’t experiencing morale issues right now, this episode is great to help you prevent them from ever cropping up.

So, whether you are currently immersed in morale issues or you just want to understand how to avoid them altogether, this episode will help you raise the morale in your building #LikeABuilder.

Check out these highlights:
  • The overlooked step you must take first if you are really going to improve morale.
  • How to get to the root of morale issues.
  • Why you can’t just listen to people’s complaints in order to understand the problem.
  • How to solve the real issue.
  • Ways to keep your school from drifting off course.
  • Why it’s important to find solutions that are good for the kids AND the adults. 
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