Have you ever been blindsided by an employee resignation—or worse—multiple employee resignations? If so, you might wonder what went wrong or how you didn’t see it coming. While some employees are very vocal about their issues in the workplace, other employees’ frustrations aren’t so obvious. Here are several warning signs of growing problems or tensions within your workforce.
Studies show that happy employees are more productive. If you notice a slump in productivity, there’s a good chance that it’s related to workplace morale.
There are many reasons that your employees might be unhappy, such as a lack of necessary tools and resources, no recognition, weak management, no clear goals or expectations and poor communication. If productivity is down, it’s crucial that you assess the happiness of your workers. Consider using surveys or regular evaluations to determine the underlying causes of your employees’ frustrations.
Employee attitude and workplace morale go hand in hand with employee satisfaction. Typically, you will be able to tell that an employee is dissatisfied based on the way they act, such as if their attitude changes dramatically. You might start noticing personality and behavioral traits that are disruptive in the workplace. In fact, the five worst traits to watch out for are being overly critical, being highly negative, blame (focusing on blaming instead of fixing), being unsupportive and dishonesty.
One reason for your employees’ attitude change could be that your employees are losing faith in the company. If they no longer support the mission of the company, you could see a mass exodus of your best employees. You can prevent this from happening by being more transparent with your employees, sharing company goals and individual expectations and making feedback a priority.
Employees calling off work more than usual could be a sign of a bigger problem. Some absenteeism is due to health or family issues. However, a recent study revealed that more than half of all workers’ absences are not due to illness. There are many other reasons that a worker may call off, such as if they’re feeling excess stress, experiencing frustrations with work, or need time to explore other job opportunities.
While increased absenteeism alone does not signify a problem in the workplace, it’s important that you understand the cause of that increase. If you can’t contribute the upsurge in time off to health or personal issues, it could be a major sign that your workers aren’t happy.
If you want to keep your best employees around, it’s important that you consistently check for any of these warning signs. It’s equally essential to act as soon as possible. Finding the cause behind these warning signs can help you create a strategy to improve workplace morale.
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