How Much Unhappy Employees are Costing You (Infographic): Do you know what your employees need to be happy with their work life? If you don’t, it could be costing you a lot of money. Poor company morale means more turnover which wastes time and energy, as well as low disengagement, directly hurting productivity and focus. If an employee isn’t happy coming to work each day, they won’t be working to their potential, affecting the work of others around them. Trust me, you can’t afford that! After all, your employees are some of your biggest and best means of advertising.
There are a number of ways to keep morale high and improve the overall mood of your employees. The biggest focus should be on your company culture and work environment. Your culture is the atmosphere in which employees interact and work together every single day. If there is little motivation to produce good work for your company, then sub-par work is what you’re going to get. Provide opportunities for individuals to receive recognition for good work performance, and focus on their strengths. Not everyone works in the same way, nor do we complete every task as well as the next person. Distinguishing what makes each employee unique and a positive addition to your team, is a sure way to increase job satisfaction.
Another solution is to give your team as a whole chances to mingle and socialize with one another where work isn’t the focus for once. Volunteer opportunities, company luncheons, happy hours and other group outings are examples of how you can create a sense of comradery that brings your team together and gives them things to look forward to. Friendships within the workplace have been shown to play a huge role in employee happiness. Likewise, if an employee is proud of the company they work for and the philosophy they represent, they’re more likely to be engaged in their job. Your employees can be your biggest company cheerleaders if you give them reason to be.
Employees also highly value a work/life balance. I mean, it’s reasonable to assume your employees like to have lives and friends outside of their jobs. The bigger the emphasis you put on this balance, the greater the chances that your culture will be a positive one. We enjoy having something to work towards, which is why we enjoy being rewarded or recognized. In this case, the reward is simply knowing that their hard work during office hours and overtime will allow them the opportunity to fully enjoy their free time with their favorite hobbies and people.
It also may be most beneficial to prevent this disengagement from day one by taking more proactive measures to screen candidates for a culture fit during the interview process. Focus on whether or not the new hire’s beliefs and values align with your company philosophies to minimize the chances of a quick turnaround or a long, unhappy relationship.
Check out this infographic for more information on how unhappy employees are hurting your company!