Learn how to maintain morale in your company

December 28, 2011 by  

The Indiana State Museum in association with the Kelley School of Business is presenting the lecture ‘Maintaining morale: a lesson in leadership management’ on January 17 from 12-1 pm. Tickets are $20 for Museum members and $25 for non-members.

The lunch-time lecture is being given by Philip L. Cochran, associate dean at the Kelley School of business at Indiana University. The lecture is also being called ‘Leadership lessons from the Shackleton Expedition.’ Ernest Shackleton led his stranded crew to safety on an Antarctic expedition after their ship was trapped in the ice; he is lauded as an extraordinary leader “who put his men’s well-being above all else.” His leadership skills and techniques are often lauded by business and political leaders.

By using Shackleton’s leadership example, the lecture will attempt to teach contemporary business leaders how they can maintain employee morale. With the current economic climate, many people are having to work longer hours, do the work of two, and are not receiving a raise. Often this can lead to poor morale and unhappiness among the workforce. It is up to the business owner or manager to find ways to raise that level the level of contentment amongst employees.

Even at their most desperate, the Shackleton crew found reasons to celebrate. Keeping up their morale probably did as much to save the crew as anything. Current business leaders could help life morale by having occasional luncheons provided for the staff, hold Halloween dress-up competitions, Christmas decorating contests, and having a Christmas party. Even something as simple as a certificate of gratitude can raise the morale of your company. Indianapolis printing companies can provide you with a certificate suitable for framing that you can pass onto an employee who exhibits excellence. It does not take much to make your employees feel appreciated.