6 Signs your staff are struggling

Are you noticing changes in your workplace? Do you feel your staff are struggling? Is staff retention becoming an issue? If so here are 6 signs to look out for before it’s too late!

COMPANY CULTURE 

Employees lose encouragement quickly when they feel like they don’t have the power to make decisions or that their decision-making must go through countless layers of the corporate ladder. Ask yourself: are your employees inspired to take charge and make changes?

Your team members want to feel like they can come to you with their honest ideas and opinions. Be willing to listen and hear them out without getting defensive. This doesn’t mean you have to implement every idea your employees suggest! It just means you should help them feel heard.

ATTITUDE 

Your attitude is a form of expression of yourself. You can choose to be happy and positive or you can choose to be negative and critical, with a negative outlook on your workday. A positive attitude helps you cope better under stressful situations at work. Workplace attitudes influence every person in the organisation, from the employees to the clients and even the company owner. 

Attitudes help to develop the fundamental workplace environment that determines employee morale, productivity and team-building abilities.

TIME IN THE OFFICE? 

Warning signs are people wearing dressier clothes to work, spending time on employment websites, using personal phones for longer periods, missing work for doctors’ appointments more frequently, turning up to work late or leaving earlier than usual, not sitting at a desk longer than expected, having personal emails up on the computer. 

The more an employee displayed the 6 behaviours, the more likely they were to quit.

FRUSTRATION WITH YOUR DIRECT REPORT 

One of the characteristics of a strong company culture, is that employees feel like they have room to try new things with the comfort of knowing its ok to fail. If your response to failure is disciplinary, employees will never try anything new. Make sure you respond to failure not with disappointment but with a simple assessment of what went wrong, how similar mistakes can be avoided in the future, and what your team can learn from the failure.

FATIGUE 

Working long hours? Don’t feel appreciated? The phone never stops! Too many emails, Peak Hour Traffic?

In a work environment, fatigue can be mentally or physically exhausting which reduces a person’s ability to perform their day to day duties. It can occur for many reasons such as working long hours, worrying, stress, financial burdens, sleep-deprived and personal

COMMUNICATION 

You’ve noticed a change in their behaviour. Perhaps they’ve become irritable or withdrawn, or their standard of work has dropped. They’re not meeting deadlines like they used to. The first step is to start an honest conversation. Make it a habit to check in with your staff to see how they’re doing – not just in terms of work capability but other areas of their life, too. Establishing open and regular lines of communication will form a foundation of trust so that if they go through a distressing situation that affects their mental health, they know they can approach you without embarrassment or shame. 

On a final note, this key method holds great value when retaining staff. This method is to use what is called “stay interviews.” Instead of conducting only exit interviews to learn what caused good employees to quit, hold regular one-on-one interviews with current high-performing employees to learn what keeps them working in your organization and what could be changed to keep them from leaving.

Good luck! 

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