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What’s Got Your Workforce In A Funk?

In What You Need To Know About Small Business on February 6, 2017 at 8:28 am

It’s something that can easily sneak up on any business and, in a moment, become noticeable. Somewhere along the way, your team lost its luster, lost its engagement, and lost its investment. It’s easy (and not particularly responsible) to blame an employee for being lazy but when it’s spreading across the whole workforce, you need to look at the ugly truth. Your business is making your team miserable. So, now you have to find out why. There are three main culprits that can make any workplace unbearable.

Their environment

The workplace is more than a set of designated spaces that give people the room they need to do their work. It’s an environment that sets a mood and even has a very real impact on just how productive your staff could be. There are some very common signs you have a workplace that is sapping motivation. Fake, fluorescent lights need to be replaced by finding ways of letting in more natural light. Closed cubicles need to be off-set with open spaces that are better for communication. Clutter and mess need to be cleaned. As you’ll find at this page, a dirty workplace not only makes a very bad impression for your business. It can contribute to real stress and unhappiness in the workforce.

Their team

As important as the environment is those they share it with. Businesses that a cohesive, collaborative culture will always see a more engaged workforce than those without. Simply put, people care more about their results if they care about the people depending on them. It also makes them a lot more willing to collaborate and communicate, which is a good way to reduce the number of mistakes anyone might make otherwise. Ensure that you’re doing your part to stamp out any toxic behavior like harassment or blame-spreading. More than working against negative team relationships, you should be doing your best to create positive ones. Arrange business events for the staff that gives them a chance to speak more freely about the direction of the business as well as having a meal together in the evening. Host more team building exercises and see the rapport grow between even more distant team members.

Their workload

You can’t talk about work satisfaction, of course, without talking about the work that they’re actually doing. Over time, clear defined roles can grow into more organic positions that include duties that weren’t initially expected. Delegating to employees can be a great way to improve their skills and get more productivity out of them. But it can go too far. You need to take a look at what you’re demanding from your team. Help them find the highest priority tasks on their workload, so they’re not spreading themselves too thin. Teach them the art of sensibly passing on work that doesn’t need to be done by them, right. Ensure you’re clear about delegating to only those who have the time to take on extra work. Then try and automate as much as you can.

For people to truly get into their job and even enjoy it, you need to have three main ingredients working to their best ability. The work, the environment, and the team. Consider putting together a mini-think tank with your employees to find the specifics of how you get those three keys up to snuff.

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