09 Aug How To Combat Employee Job Dissatisfaction
Job dissatisfaction is something that every employer should try to avoid amongst their employees. After all, unhappy workers are unproductive ones and this, ultimately, has adverse effects on the company as a whole. Employees who are dissatisfied within their roles tend to lack motivation, have an overall negative attitude and perform poorly.
An unhappy workforce is bad for business. It creates a general sense of frustration and leads to increased absenteeism and, in the worst cases, higher staff turnover rates. Finding a solution to whatever is causing an employee’s job dissatisfaction is paramount.
Providing clear goals prevents a lack of direction. Ultimately, knowing what you’re doing and why you’re doing it gives employees confidence in their work. In addition, clear instructions improves productivity and a clear focus on what they’re working towards.
Acknowledging your employees and praising good work gives them a sense of pride and accomplishment. When an employee’s work is valued their ambition grows. Furthermore, providing a clear progression path gives employees confidence that they’re growing with the company and generates loyalty. As a company you should abide by the rule ‘treat others as you would like to be treated’ – it speaks for itself and is a good mantra to include in your office environment.
A mundane work-load will never foster employees job satisfaction, by reducing repetitive work you’ll retain motivated employees and in some cases spark them to upskill and push for progression within the business. Additionally, streamlining processes improves efficiency and employees’ satisfaction.
Understanding the importance of a good work life balance and eliminating an ‘always on’ culture will reduce staff burnout. This in turn will improve staff morale, mental health issues and, more importantly, showcase to staff how you as a company feel about the importance of recharging your batteries. Setting an example to your staff by leaving work on time and encouraging employees to take time off, will increase respect from your team as well as, remove employee job dissatisfaction through measuring productivity rather than hours worked. This office culture gives some control to employees, generating driven and invested staff. When you create driven and invested employees this will only promote success and job satisfaction.
Employees understand that occasionally working outside of hours comes with the job and this can be sweetened by rewarding those who go above and beyond. In addition, looking into flexible working will benefit many households and give staff a sense of responsibility. Responsibility doesn’t always have to mean added stress, when managed correctly it creates confidence and feeling of personal success.
Eliminating favouritism stops employees’ resentment, it’s also immoral and illegal. Favouritism affects employees’ attitudes and is counterproductive. Furthermore, it compromises quality and performance.
Speaking down to an employee is an absolute ‘no-no’, no matter what management level you are. This sets the tone for the company and promotes segregation throughout the business.
Finally, always aim to understand most aspects of your employees’ work. This helps with communication and in many cases, helps reduce isolation. Isolation can occasionally occur if an employee is the sole employee with knowledge in a specific area. As we know, staff need support and communicating their technical concerns is important for progression, not only for themselves but for the business.
Effective communication and opportunities for progression are the fundamental components of a happy workforce, subsequently reducing employee job dissatisfaction. If you would like to talk to us regarding job dissatisfaction, please do get in touch with us via email [email protected] or call 01386 751740.