As a manager or business owner, it is important to pay attention to employee satisfaction levels. Some managers miss the cues that their employees are unhappy, resulting in a situation where turnover goes up and the company leadership doesn’t understand the reason why people are leaving.
Paying attention to the signs of dissatisfaction will allow you make changes to help your employees be happier at work. Here are a few warning signs that you should be watching for:
1. Showing Up Late to Work
Rolling in late every now and then is a normal occurrence, because people have doctors’ appointments and personal obligations at home. But, it is a big warning sign if you notice that an employee is constantly coming to work late.
2. Complaints in Conversation
Do you notice that many conversations at work turn into complaint sessions? If someone is unhappy, the complaints will naturally find their way into the subject matter. Pay attention to the complaints, because these conversation pieces will offer clues about how your employees are feeling.
3. Employees Avoid Interaction
If certain employees avoid interaction with management or with other members of the team, then it might be a sign that they have an issue with someone. Fearing or disliking others in the office will lead to deeper levels of dissatisfaction, which might lead to higher turnover.
4. Lack of Personal Responsibility
In some situations, dissatisfied employees will avoid certain tasks or they do the bare minimum. If someone never volunteers to help and you find yourself finishing projects they never complete, then you should be concerned. When employees are looking for ways to impress their boss, then they will go above and beyond the call of duty to help around the office.
5. Avoiding Small Talk
When a person is happy to be at work and likes spending time with other members of the team, then natural conversation will flow about home activities and hobbies. Someone who doesn’t like coming to work will avoid small talk as much as possible, and they don’t often shoot the breeze with others.
6. Frequently Calling in Sick
How often does the employee call in sick to work? There are situations where people legitimately have health problems that need to be addressed. But, some people are constantly running out of sick time without having chronic health problems. Frequently calling in sick is a sign that the person might be dissatisfied with their job.
Every business should take a proactive approach to understand employee satisfaction among the team. Make sure that you are actively working to improve satisfaction levels, instead of waiting until these warning signs show up. Contact us at AgileHR for more information about systems that can be implemented to improve company culture and keep your employees engaged in their jobs.