According to Deloitte’s Shift Index survey, as much as 80% of people are dissatisfied with their jobs. Miserable jobs drain people of their energy, confidence, and self-esteem. Miserable jobs also have a huge impact on an organization, its productivity, turnover, morale – and its bottom line.
Here are three core culprits of workplace dissatisfaction. Start addressing them today to stem the tide of dissatisfaction in your workplace.
Anonymity: Employees feel unknown or invisible at work.
Many managers make a point of mentioning the successes of a particular team member in front of their peers. While this is a good tactic, you’ll find that a personal stop by their desk or office, or an intentional phone conversation to recognize successes (big or small) will pull your team members out of their sense of anonymity.
Irrelevance: Employees sense the work they are doing has no impact.
What is the actual impact of each person on your team? Can you state that impact in one or two sentences? Better yet, can they? Use 10 minutes at your next weekly meeting to pose the question and have each of them reply. If they can’t do it at a moment’s notice, help them crystallize their own impact, so it is always on the tip of their tongue – and yours!
Immeasurement: Employees are unable to measure their contribution or success.
Measurement is a classic business problem that has been dogging us for decades, and no matter what tools we employ, it can be difficult to maintain consistent measurement in today’s workplace. Projects are fast paced, goals shift as needed, and unknown variables pop up. In this case, instead of quantifying each person’s contribution, consider giving each component of a project a value, and explain that value to everyone. This way they know what has importance to the team and organization, and the value you assign to their contribution.
In his new training package, Managing for Employee Engagement, Patrick Lencioni faces these three issues and gives solid insight on how to improve your workplace and, as a result, productivity. At the HRDQ Store, we offer a free FAQ download about the training package.
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