One of the more challenging issues to deal with as a business owner is bridging the gap with your unhappy employees. While it’s certainly true that unhappy employees could be upset for any number of reasons, some of which are completely unrelated to work, there are others that you might have complete control over without necessarily realizing it. Let’s go over how you can help your employees be happier and more fulfilled during their time with your business and, thereby, more productive as a result.
Many employees complain about a lack of communication and transparency from others within their workplace. A lack of communication hurts employees and their ability to work properly, as it might mean they are uninformed about company updates and excluded from important changes in policies. They might even be left in the dark about their own performance, and when they simply do not know what is going on, they ultimately disconnect from their duties and responsibilities in a way that is dangerous to their continued productivity. Businesses can optimize communication and transparency by conducting regular meetings, sending company-wide emails, maintaining open-door policies, and working to make sure employees know they are heard and seen.
One of the worst things an employee can feel is like they are putting in the work without that work being noticed or appreciated. Without this kind of recognition and feedback, an employee can quickly become disengaged and dissatisfied with their role within a company. You should have formal systems built to regularly evaluate your employees to provide constructive feedback and laud their achievements. Consider options such as performance evaluations, recognition programs, and continued communication between managers and teams.
With technology blurring the lines between work and personal life, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that one of the many gripes individuals have about their workplace is feeling overworked or unable to disconnect. A constant connection to the office can create environments where long hours, excessive workloads, limited flexibility, and unrealistic expectations are the norm. You can counter this challenge by supporting your employees and encouraging them to pursue a healthy work-life balance with flexible schedules, remote work opportunities, and plenty of breaks and time off to ensure no one gets burnt out.
If employees feel like they have no potential for advancing their career or growing as a professional, they are likely not going to be very engaged with their job, inevitably leading to them seeking out opportunities elsewhere. You can make sure your team is motivated and engaged by providing professional development opportunities, training programs, mentorships, and clear career progression pathways. You can further advance this by providing regular performance reviews that ensure employees are working toward their own individual goals and how those goals might coincide with what you have in mind for the future of the business.
Look, we know it’s not great to think about, but there can be no denying that poor management and leadership can lead to employee dissatisfaction. Some of the common culprits here include a lack of support, micromanagement, favoritism, and unclear expectations. If you strive for effective leadership, you will make guidance, empowerment, and positivity a big part of your management style. You might be surprised by how much more effective your team can be.
With these common complaints in mind, now you can go about your workday cognizant of what you can do to improve your employees’ perceptions of the workplace. Of course, technology can play a big part in a lot of this, so why not give SCW a call to see how we can help? Get started with a call to (509) 534-1530.
About the author
Sam is a network engineer with a broad range of experience spanning more than 35 years. He wrote is first piece of code in 1979 and has been involved with the industry ever since. For the last 20 years, he has worked for SCW Consulting where he has embraced his passion for network technology and security.
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