Wednesday, June 15, 2011

As everyone in the field of international adoption is aware, placements from Ethiopia have slowed dramatically in 2011 and the outlook remains unsettled. As a non-profit organization which has been focused on building families for 125 years, Gladney plans to continue our noble mission for the next 125 years. In order to be in a position to do so, we have been forced to reduce staff. Any time an organization reduces staff, morale is impacted, perhaps even more so in a close-knit social work environment.

So we are taking steps to strengthen morale. At a recent staff meeting, we posed the questions: What does great morale look like and how can we get there?

It prompted me to personalize the question – What does great morale look like for me? When is my morale at its peak?

My morale is highest when:

• I am making a difference for an organization that is making a difference
• I feel valued and appreciated; my contribution is recognized
• There are reasons to be optimistic about the organization’s direction
• I enjoy my co-workers
• The work environment is fun
• I feel like I’m part of a team that is pulling in the same direction
• I’m proud to tell people who I work for
• There is shared ownership and a sense of urgency in the mission
• I have confidence in the integrity and vision of leadership

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