By Julyanne Long

Morale is an important part of every business. A pat on the back or uplifting words can go a long way. As leaders, it is our responsibility to keep morale high to keep productivity up and reduce turnover. It’s not always easy, but it is always necessary.

There are many different things you can do to raise or maintain morale. Sometimes it can be as simple as smiling. Keeping a positive professional attitude can set the standard for what is expected. Leading by example is very important, if not the most important way to ensure a positive work environment.

You may not realize it but the people you come in contact with every day are affected by you. It’s easy to get comfortable in your daily grind and forget that your outward projection has a huge impact. If it seems like your office or group has low morale or is unmotivated, take a look at yourself. Is there something you can change about yourself to appear more pleasant or approachable? Try to say something nice to someone. Give someone a compliment. Smile more.

Direct motivation is something that comes to mind for all of us when we think of raising morale, but it can be so much simpler. You might even be surprised to find that acting happier will not only make others happier, but it will actually make you happier too.

Julyanne Long is assistant operations manager with Winpark.