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Principal strategies for engaging school-wide staff morale

The purpose of this study was to identify leadership strategies employed to improve staff morale. The study attempted to answer the question: "What strategies could a principal use to improve staff morale." This study provides an overview of literature on the factors that create low staff morale, why teacher morale is important, the link between teacher attrition and morale, classified staff morale and styles of effective administrative leadership that may affect staff morale. Effective leadership can have a positive effect on staff morale. A principal's . essential role is to set the tone for the school and model professional collaboration for the staff. Administrators can lessen the stress that teachers and staff face daily through creating a supportive work environment in a well-organized school where clear expectations and policies are in place. Healthy staff morale is more likely to be present when the school culture is based on school wide involvement for all staff. The principal cannot do the job alone, there needs to be commitment and collegiality among all staff. The findings in this study showed that workload, job stress, workplace conditions, and student behavior negatively impacted staff morale. The researcher concluded that the principal could positively impact staff morale by placing an emphasis on positive recognition, collaboration and teaming, more involvement in decision making, improved communication between administration and staff, school climate building within the school and with the community, and teacher commitment to positive school change.

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