Everyone feels sian about work sometimes, but when employee morale dips too low, productivity plummets, absenteeism accelerates and turnover rates skyrocket.
And let’s face it, working in an environment where everyone’s foremost thought is on how to abandon ship is just straight up depressing.
But hey, it is a free world and if creating a workplace from hello, here are 10 sure-fire ways to help you kill every last shred of morale in the office.
Imagine having your manager breathe down your neck 24/7, as you struggle to get through each task. Imagine him watching you like a vulture, ready to swoop in and tear you apart for every little mistake you make.
That’s precisely what micromanagement is. Micromanaging your workers will lead them to feel like they aren’t trusted to do their jobs well, and this will soon begin to show on the work of even the most competent of employees.
2. Low salary
Money is not the be all and end all of a job, but everyone deserves a fair wage. Low salary makes workers feel undervalued, and may lead them to question the purpose of their efforts. Many people don’t mind hard work – but when that translates to a meagre paycheque at the end of the month, it’s hard to justify the (hopefully metaphorical) tears, blood and sweat.
Don’t pursue profits blindly at the expense of your workers, or watch it blow up in your face as they become bitter, resentful, and eventually walk out on you.
3. No progression
Many workers are willing to put in those late nights if they can in time see their work pay off as they rise through the ranks. But a lack of opportunities for advancement kills that motivation entirely. After all, nobody wants to be stuck in a dead-end job
4. Unhealthy co-worker relationships
Gossips, unhealthy rivalry and poor interaction breeds a culture of mistrust and suspicion.
Why turn your office into a battlefield? In the working world, the actions of each worker, regardless of rank, have repercussions on the whole organisation. Team building activities are not just fluff, it gets people together in an environment other than the office. Or at least take the team out to lunch, drinks or just for a chat.
5. No job security
You may think you are keeping your workers on their toes by reserving the right to fire them on a whim, but you’re doing yourself no favours.
If employees feel that their job is constantly on the line, they’ll spend their efforts searching for a way out rather than concentrating on their daily tasks. Give errant or underperforming employees a reasonable number of chances before showing them the door, and show everyone else that you don’t just hire and fire as you please – that you’re willing to work with them to improve things.
6. An abrasive supervisor
How do you work when you’re constantly finding ways to kill your supervisor? It brings productivity to a screeching halt. If you have a supervisor with all the charm of Adolf Hitler, you might want to consider how many customers he/she is indirectly losing you.
7. Poor benefits
Seven days of paid leave a year (the legal bare minimum). No medical benefits. No annual bonus. Does this sound like an employer who cares about employee welfare? Benefits may not be the most important factor in a job, but they do make a difference in perking up flagging morale at the end of a long work week, and keeping employees energised for the next.
8. Dismissing family-friendly measures
Do you realize that your employees are also thinking about work when they’re not working? Or replying emails late into the night? With packed modern schedules, it is not only reasonable, but necessary to give lee-way to staff to do personal things during office hours.
9. Moving goal posts
Nothing pisses an employee off more than constantly changing your mind about targets, or how you want do approach a project. At worst, they’ll throw their hands in the air and say you can do it your way. Then you’ll lose creativity and participation, factors so crucial to corporate success. 10. Not appreciating an individuals work
You may not see it, but staff has put in considerable effort before submitting a piece of work or closing a sale. If you dismiss their achievements, you’ll find less and less of these happening – which turns out bad for your profit.