More morale, please

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  • By Airman 1st Class Kali L. Gradishar
  • 92nd Air Refueling Wing Public Affairs
Morale. Our leaders want it to skyrocket through the roof, our co-workers prefer to work with someone who increases it and hopefully every Airman is leaning toward the positive end of it.

What about those days when the morale meter is falling a little below comfort level?

At about that time, it might be a good idea to huddle up and see what can be done to boost morale - from wing level on down to the office or shop.

Having morale-enhancing events from time to time allows Airmen of all ranks an opportunity to reach out to their fellow counterparts, to create relations with the people they may see everyday but not know much about outside the gate. Organizing such activities allows these Airmen to connect at a level that improves morale in and out of the workplace.

Since the time of my arrival at Fairchild, I have heard of squadrons taking part in morale-boosting activities, and only hope that every unit has the opportunity to do so on a regular basis.

Along with the typical trips to the mountain for a day of skiing or snowboarding or the standard barbecues on a sunny spring day, I've also seen units attending events together. This is also an avenue to increase spirits.

Raising confidence in a unit's leadership, boosting morale in a unit and to "turn that frown upside down" isn't rocket science.

It's as simple as carpooling to the next Wing Promotion Ceremony to cheer on and congratulate fellow Airmen on making their next rank, reserving one day out of the month to order pizza and mingle during the lunch, or planning an after-hours get together.

They say the little things do matter. Do something small and make a big difference in at least one Airman's day. Get your unit together and tailor the best way for yours to get the positive attitudes pumping.