The feelings of enthusiasm and loyalty that a person or group has about a task or job.
The confidence, enthusiasm, and discipline of a person or group at a particular time.
Causes of low morale.
I've talked about this subject in this blog before and I hope by now none of you will dare commit that sin on your projects. Keeping your cast and crew on an empty stomach (specially on non-paid projects) is a sure way to kill the enthusiasm of everyone on board. It's kind of like those Snickers commercials, except they'll still hate you after you feed them chocolate since that won't really satisfy hunger.
So the team has been put together and everyone is excited to start filming that great new project. They like your vision and everybody is ready to put in 110% of their efforts to help you achieve it. There's only one problem:
Being indecisive is usually a result of being unprepared, but not always. Sometimes people are simply indecisive because it's their nature, and that's worse because then you'll have a hard time leading whether or not you did your homework.
This one is arguably the biggest morale killer, at least for me. Making your crew feel unimportant and incapable of doing their assigned jobs can only bring negative energy on set (or worse, blood and tears). The thing is, you could be guilty of that one and not even realize it.
There is usually a few people on set that do considerably less work than everyone else. Sometimes it's because they don't want to be on your set in the first place (in which case you should pick your team better) and sometimes they just have poor work ethics. No matter the reason, it's only a matter of time before your hard working crew become demoralized because of your lazy ones.