As a business leader, you never want to hear this, but 51% of employees are not engaged at work and another 17.5% are actively disengaged, according to a recent Gallup study. If lately your team would fit into the not engaged category on a good day, it’s time to figure out what’s going on.
In the past, your employees were upbeat, they didn’t think twice about staying late to work on a project and many socialized together outside the confines of the office, but obviously things have changed. You need to get to the bottom of the issue immediately before you start losing both clients and valued staff members.
These three signs clearly indicate that your staff is miserable:
Their Work Ethic Has Declined.
When employees are unhappy, they stop taking pride in their work. If productivity has declined — but nothing else has changed — and the quality of work submitted is far below what it used to be, something is very wrong. Engaged employees are motivated, efficient and proud of their contributions to the company — all characteristics your team no longer displays.
People Take Sick Days Constantly.
Simply put, when people hate their jobs, they don’t want to come to work. If your staff is taking an unusual amount of sick days, they’re probably either interviewing at other companies, succumbing to stress-related illnesses caused by professional discontent or just trying to get out of coming into the office.
Everyone is Always Fighting.
If your once close-knit team is always at odds with one another, this is likely a side effect of their frustration with your company. Even the calmest, rational employees can become a bit edgy under tense working conditions. No one gets along all the time, but for the most part, happy employees support and respect each other and care enough about their jobs to put their differences aside.
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