Sure Ways To Kill Your Team’s Morale

There should be an image here!One of the many jobs of a manager is to keep the morale of his or her team high. Why? For the simple reason that morale impacts productivity. High morale usually results in a highly productive team. On the flip side, negative morale means less productivity and generally more fires you a manager to put out, both within the team and with clients.

With one simple slip, a manager can negatively impact team morale. For example, a manager may walk in each morning and say hi to one team member but not the others. To other members of the team, it may appear as though their manager is playing favorites. Without even knowing it, he or she may be damaging the team’s morale.

Here are some other ways that a manager may damage the morale of his or her team:

  • Reward behavior that is undesirable. A perfect example is delaying the start of meetings to accommodate those team members who do not arrive on time.
  • Micromanage the team. Micromanagement sends the message that a manager does not have confidence in team members.
  • Fail to recognize team members. A lack of recognition, both formal and informal, is a sure way to negatively impact team morale (and employee engagement)
  • Frequently change direction. Staff react negatively when their manager sends them down one path, then changes direction — multiple times.
  • Lack of open communication. Keeping a team in the dark and not sharing information with them is a sure way to instill distrust within a team and negatively impact team morale.

[Photo above by Joshua Rappeneker / CC BY-ND 2.0]

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Agile Coaching

There should be an image here!To lead change, you need to expand your toolkit, and this book gives you the tools you need to make the transition from agile practitioner to agile coach.

Agile Coaching is all about working with people to create great agile teams. You’ll learn how to build a team that produces great software and has fun doing it. In the process, you’ll grow a team that’s self-sufficient and skillful.

This book provides you with deeper knowledge of how agile practices work and how to inspire your team to improve. Discover how to coach your team through the agile lifecycle, from planning to writing software. Learn the secrets of running effective agile meetings and how to get your team following a consistent approach to creating software. You’ll find chapters dedicated to introducing Test-Driven Development, designing Retrospectives, and making progress visible.

Find out what works and what to avoid when introducing agile practices to your team. Throughout the book the authors share their personal coaching stories from experience with real teams, giving you insights into what works and what to avoid. Each chapter also covers hurdles that you and your team may face and what to do to clear them.