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5 Reasons your Employees are Unhappy

Today’s employers have taken the initiative to keep their employees happy in the workplace – whether it is by introducing ‘Take your Pet to Work’ days or by allowing flexitime. The primary reason behind this shift is to attract quality candidates to their company, and to maintain loyalty of their current employees. The presence of company culture is more important now than it was ever before, solely because employers want to be liked and praised for their efforts of being a good company.

The lists of “Best Companies to Work for” and “Happiest Companies” have resulted in an influx of companies taking steps to be included and applauded for their employee satisfaction. So when an employee is not happy in the workplace, it is advised to identify and address the issue before it damages your company’s good image.

Here are the top 5 reasons why employees are unhappy in the workplace:

#1 Bad Management

Employers are advised to have a careful look at the management style of the team leaders and supervisors within each department to determine whether they are capable of being leaders or not. Being a manager means supporting, training and managing a team of employees, therefore it is imperative to choose managers who are inspiring, motivating and determined – rather than playing favorites or going by who has been in the company for the longest period of time.  

#2 Unclear Deadlines

As an employee, you have certain responsibilities and goals to fulfill on a daily basis. Failure to identify the specific expectations of each employee can result in an unproductive and demotivated team. Employers are advised to hold weekly meetings where the expectations of each employee are clearly outlined to ensure there is no miscommunication of deadlines and targets.

#3 Shifting Priorities

“Drop everything and do this now!” – sound familiar? This is the golden phrase of bad managers who have a team of unhappy employees. It is unreasonable to expect your employees to meet deadlines without providing them with the basis of their priorities and expectations. Give your team their primary tasks and then explain how you expect them to cope with extra work and tight deadline – do not be unreasonable!

#4 Lack of Feedback

Many managers overlook the importance of providing effective feedback to their employees. This is a major fall in their management style as employees are unable to progress without the knowledge of their drawbacks or strengths. Additionally, employee appraisals provide managers with the opportunity to hear out comments/complaints that the employee may be harboring within the department. Therefore it is highly recommended that employers establish an effective feedback system t ensure that all employees are aware of their progress and expectations.

#5 Poor Communication

Poor communication is usually the root of all problems within a professional environment. Whether it is employees not communicating with their colleagues, or managers not defining the goals to their team – the lack of communication can lead to an unproductive, chaotic and demotivated environment. It is advised that employers identify the channels of communication and clearly correspond with all members of the team.