Report: Low Morale at Unionized Library Workplaces – Part 1 (August 2022)

Throughout my studies, librarians mentioned that either they were working in an organization with a union – or that their library’s workforce were contemplating starting a union. Additionally, there has been increased efforts from library workers who seek (or have successfully gained) labor organizing and/or collective bargaining rights and recognition. My previous studies also hintedContinue reading “Report: Low Morale at Unionized Library Workplaces – Part 1 (August 2022)”

Low Morale, COVID-19, & Ambiguous Loss

One of the things my original low morale study surfaced is how grief shows up in the experience. Many participants described their grief using the terminology of Elizabeth Kübler-Ross’ Grief model: denial, anger, bargaining, even acceptance: “…You know, as the stages of grief are not clear cut and you stop one and go on toContinue reading “Low Morale, COVID-19, & Ambiguous Loss”

Published Low Morale Studies

This post reflects a record of the published studies I’ve done on low-morale experiences. It will be updated as studies are published, so bookmark this post if you’re following my research agenda on this phenomenon. Kendrick, K.D. (2021). Leaving the low-morale experience: A qualitative study. Alki, 37(2): 9-24. Kendrick, K.D. (2021). The public librarian low-moraleContinue reading “Published Low Morale Studies”

Book Haul: Leadership

When it comes to the causes of low-morale, leadership is cited as a high quantitative and qualitative trigger. Quantitatively, participants highlight incompetent leaders as the problem; qualitatatively, participants highlight certain leadership styles as the problem. On the other hand, leadership is also a countermeasure for low-morale; those who practice it are more likely to regain aContinue reading “Book Haul: Leadership”

Impact Factors & Enabling Systems

The low-morale experience is one that moves through several stages, starting with a trigger event, moving forward to long-term exposure to instances of abuse and neglect, and then hopefully, successful resolution or mitigation. While the experience is launched by individual behaviors, it is also influenced and further propelled by external or internal factors and wide-spreadContinue reading “Impact Factors & Enabling Systems”

Ego and Low Morale

Negative self-talk plays a large role in the cognitive impact of low-morale experiences. Within all of my low-morale research projects, respondents shared  inner-mind tapes of perfectionism (read: shame) or imposter syndrome (read; reduced professional confidence). Another way self-talk may show up is via self-aggrandizement, and it’s usually couched in the context of emotional conflict orContinue reading “Ego and Low Morale”

Study Invitation: Low Morale in Formal Library Leaders

UPDATE 11/9/20: This invitation is now closed. Thank you for your interest. Be sure to monitor this blog for study updates. Kendrick’s studies reveal and validate that low morale is the result of repeated and protracted exposure to emotional, verbal/written, and systemic abuse or neglect in the workplace (Kendrick 2017; Kendrick & Damasco 2019). However,Continue reading “Study Invitation: Low Morale in Formal Library Leaders”

Considering: Oppressed Group Behavior

[This content was originally published on October 15, 2018 at The Ink On The Page.] While analyzing data for my PoC academic librarians low morale study, I came across behaviors that seemed to fall under the realm of oppressed group behavior (OGB) – known more colloquially as “eating one’s young” the “one” being the profession and theContinue reading “Considering: Oppressed Group Behavior”