from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The state of the spirits of a person or group as exhibited by confidence, cheerfulness, discipline, and willingness to perform assigned tasks.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The capacity of people to maintain belief in an institution or a goal, or even in oneself and others.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The moral condition, or the condition in other respects, so far as it is affected by, or dependent upon, moral considerations, such as zeal, spirit, hope, and confidence; mental state, as of a body of men, an army, and the like.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Moral or mental condition as regards courage, zeal, hope, confidence, and the like: used especially of a body of men engaged in a hazardous enterprise, as soldiers or sailors in time of war.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the spirit of a group that makes the members want the group to succeed
- n. a state of individual psychological well-being based upon a sense of confidence and usefulness and purpose
There are lots of talented teachers in our schools and their morale is at rock bottom, never mind the stress from ridiculous (and usually irrelevant) expectations from senior managers.
The French for what we call morale, writing it in italics under the impression that it is French, is actually moral.
I do not know what you call it, but I call it "morale".
Even if things are horrible and morale is low, you do not want to go in and say so to your boss.
My own morale is vastly enhanced by a gun — I even have a license for it.
Even the highest morale is eventually undermined by back-to-back deployments, poor pay, shortages of spare parts and equipment, inadequate training, and rapidly declining readiness.
How do you order layoffs, save every possible dime and maintain morale?
If morale is good then productivity will be higher and a willingness to become involved will be the ‘norm’ as opposed to the exception.
Also, those who decide not to re-hire may find that among the few jobs that do appear, their current employees may be part of the group going after them because their morale is so low from having to do more work on less pay.
Some accounts suggest demoralized forces which are overworked and where morale is low.