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    Addressing issues in the clinic to improve office morale

    Building unity goes beyond dress code of jeans and team T-shirts

     

    Take home

    To improve morale, managers need to have a pulse on the dynamics of the group and work on the issues that can cause daily frustration.

     

     

    Recently a friend of mine, Donna, stopped over on her way to work. She works at a company that some might say is fairly rigid in its office protocol. To say that her desk is somewhere in the middle of a “cube farm” would underemphasize what little privacy any of its inhabitants have while trying to manage million-dollar accounts. But, they are “uniform” in their appearance and office setting. So when I heard that their office project this quarter is the book “Who Moved My Cheese?” it seemed very appropriate for them.

    Dressed for success?

    Donna dropped down in a chair and seemed out of sorts. She was definitely dressed out of sorts for her office.

    “Aren’t you going to work today?” I asked, eyeing her baseball shirt.

    “Oh, yes. This is the dress of the day to help inspire team unity,” she grumbled.

    Donna was dressed in jeans, a turtleneck, and a Boston Red Sox Jason Varitek team shirt. She had on her black dress shoes—some habits die hard!

    “Oh,” I smiled. “I would kill to wear jeans to work. No offense, what do jeans and baseball shirts have to do with team unity?”

    “Exactly,” she yelled. “This is what the bosses came up with after meeting for 3 hours on how to improve office morale.”

    And then off she went to the cube farm with a jaded view of her uniform of the day.

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