Report Update: Low Morale and COVID-19, Part 2 (November 2021)

This is the second of a two-part report summarizing November 2, 2021 results of my ongoing survey on the impact of COVID-19 on ongoing low-morale experiences. This second part centers qualitative data. Please view the first part focusing on quantitative data. Please share your experience(s) of increased abuse/neglect during the COVID-19 pandemic: These past fewContinue reading “Report Update: Low Morale and COVID-19, Part 2 (November 2021)”

Report Update: Low Morale and COVID-19, Part 1 (November 2021)

The following report reflects my goal to continue sharing data from my ongoing survey exploring how COVID-19 has impacted library employees who were already dealing with low-morale before the development of the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States. My last general quantitative and qualitative reports were offered in September 2020. Here are the quantitative results asContinue reading “Report Update: Low Morale and COVID-19, Part 1 (November 2021)”

A New MicroBlog Series: Red Flags

Red Flag (noun) : something that indicates or draws attention to a problem, danger, or irregularity. – Merriam-Webster Low-morale experience data and anecdotes highlight that, for a variety of reasons, victims often discount or ignore early warning signs that co-workers (including leaders, colleagues, or direct reports) or organizations are toxic and/or harbor or promote abusiveContinue reading “A New MicroBlog Series: Red Flags”

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”

Early Report: Low-Morale Experiences and COVID-19 (March 2020)

Earlier this evening I created and distributed an informal survey documenting if and how library responses to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) are impacting ongoing low-morale experiences. For expediency’s sake, I tweeted the survey’s nascent results. Future summaries of this survey data will be reported here at Renewals. The survey will remain open during the U.S. NationalContinue reading “Early Report: Low-Morale Experiences and COVID-19 (March 2020)”

Introducing: A Low Morale Course for Racial and Ethnic Minority Librarians

I’m elated to announce that my partnership with Library Juice Academy has expanded to offer my new course, “Reimagining Workplace Empowerment: Reducing Low Morale for Racial and Ethnic Minority Librarians.” The four-week intensive, asynchronous course starts in May and centers my second low morale study on racial and ethnic minority academic librarians (co-authored with Ione T. Damasco,Continue reading “Introducing: A Low Morale Course for Racial and Ethnic Minority Librarians”

Study Invitation: Leaving a Low-Morale Experience

UPDATE 7/29/21: This study has been published Open Access in Alki. UPDATE 1/20/18: This invitation is now closed. Thank you for your interest. Be sure to monitor this blog for study updates. Recent studies reveals that low morale is the result of repeated and protracted exposure to emotional, verbal/written, and systemic abuse or neglect inContinue reading “Study Invitation: Leaving a Low-Morale Experience”

FAQ about the Low Morale Study

Q:  What is low morale? A: Low morale is the result of repeated and protracted exposure to abuse or neglect in the workplace. Q:  What kinds of abuse are people exposed to during low-morale experiences? A: During low-morale experiences, employees are exposed to one or more of the following: emotional abuse, verbal/written abuse, system abuse, and negligence.Continue reading “FAQ about the Low Morale Study”

Renewals Reach: Design thinking and burnout prevention in academic libraries

Ashley Roach-Freiman shares best practices she learned as she planned and implemented a design thinking approach to manage change and conceptualize and implement strategic planning at her academic library. The 2017 low morale study, along with burnout and other negative workplace phenomena, was mentioned. The approach – and planning in general – was applied asContinue reading “Renewals Reach: Design thinking and burnout prevention in academic libraries”

Enabling Systems for Public Librarians

  For the past two months, I have been working diligently to analyze participant data from my public librarian low morale study. Again, the results have validated the causes and general development and trajectory of low morale; however, the data also reveal that public librarians have more Enabling Systems (ES) to deal with as theyContinue reading “Enabling Systems for Public Librarians”