What is morale?

the capacity of a group of people to pull together persistently and consistently in pursuit of a common purpose
Alexander Leighton

A state of individual psychological wellbeing based upon a sense of confidence and usefulness and purpose

Morale is a word that’s been around for some time, but what is morale? It reflects a very contemporary idea – it’s a quality that enables people to pull together, to stay well and positive, even when times are tough. It’s a quality that’s pretty important in current times – for all organisations, their leaders and their employees; in short, for all of us.

What is morale – the two main aspects

There are two main aspects of morale – the first relates to staying focused and committed, what is now usually referred to as employee engagement. As a great deal of work has demonstrated, engaged employees are great for the organisations that they work in.

However, on its own, engagement is not enough and that’s where the second element comes in. High engagement leads to positive business outcomes, but it is only sustainable if high engagement is supported by high levels of employee wellbeing.

So, what is morale? To perform well in the current difficult times’ organisations need to focus on both engagement and wellbeing to ensure that their people can stay focused, productive and well.