Culture, Morale, and Motivation in Organizations: An Overview

Laura Freebairn-Smith

2016, Organizational Performance Group.

Proactive and engaged leaders of organizations, large and small, are interested in how their organizations can do better. The definition of “better” might vary from one organization to another, but those achievements universally rely on the high performance of human beings engaged in the organization’s life. The culture and climate in which those people operate, and which they and the organizational system create daily, dramatically impact the organization’s ability to do its best. Morale is one result of an organization’s culture and climate. Dynamic, healthy, and appropriate cultures and climates lift morale which in turn increases effectiveness, in turn creating an even healthier culture and climate. Difficult and dysfunctional cultures and climates work in the opposite direction, dragging down results and diminishing morale…

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