September 15, 2013

Your Employees Hate Their Jobs. Here’s Why

You might think that you’re a great boss and that all of your employees look up to you, but is that really the case? The unfortunate truth is that a lot of employees hate their jobs and their employers. In fact, according to Business News Daily, about one in three employees don’t consider their boss to be doing a good job, while almost half of all employees think they could do a better job than their boss. Furthermore, fewer than 40 percent of all employees are motivated by their boss to give their best effort. And according to a recent Gallup poll, only 30 percent of employees are engaged or inspired at work.

Now, you might be saying to yourself, “So what? Who cares if my employees don’t like me? I’m not paying them to like me. I’m paying them to do a job!”

That’s nice, but here’s the problem. Those employees who hate their job and don’t care for you are costing you money. According to Gallup, actively disengaged employees cost companies across the U.S. up to $550 billion annually in lost productivity. They also spread their discontent across the work place, turning more employees against you.

Needless to say, it’s in your best interest to do everything you can to keep your employees engaged, happy, and loyal. The success of your company depends on it.

That’s why it’s so important that you understand why your employees hate working for you. Once you know the reasons, you can take steps to remedy the situation.
  • Your employees feel like they’re spinning their wheels. There’s nothing more disheartening than feeling like you’re going nowhere because you’re stuck in a dead-end job. Be honest with yourself – are your employees stuck in their current positions? Or do you offer them room to grow? It’s incredibly important that your employees feel like they’re on a sound career path. They want to know that they’ll be able to grow with your company and achieve bigger and better things as time goes on.
  • You don’t listen to your employees. In the previously mentioned Business News Daily article, it was revealed that 35% of workers said their boss never, or only sometimes, listens to their work-related concerns. When you’re only shouting commands and never listening, you cause your employees to feel under appreciated, disrespected, and worthless. Why would anyone want to work somewhere their opinion wasn’t valued? Your employees are part of your team. They are helping your company be successful. You need to be encouraging them to share their ideas and suggestions.
  • Your employees aren’t getting fair pay. Money talks. It always has, and it always will. It’s not always enough to keep your employees happy and loyal, but it’s definitely a start. If you want to attract the best talent and get the best performance out of your workers, you have to pay them fairly. Pay them what they’re worth. If you take care of them, they’ll have your back. Using a paycheck calculator can help you crunch the numbers to see how much you can afford to pay your employees.
  • You micromanage your employees. You hired your employees to do a job, but are you actually letting them do their jobs? Or are you constantly breathing down their necks and butting in to nitpick every little thing they do? Micromanaging your employees isn’t just annoying to them; it’s also a sign of disrespect and lack of trust. You need to step back and let your workers do what they do best.
  • You don’t give your employees credit for their hard work. Your employees work hard for you and they like being recognized for it. Too many bosses ignore the contributions of their employees. They don’t even offer a simple “thank you” or a “job well done.” When this happens repeatedly over time, your employees start to feel like their hard work doesn’t matter, so guess what they do in return? They stop working so hard. Productivity declines, and you lose money. Always try to give credit where credit is due.
  • You don’t know what the heck you’re doing. A loyal employee will follow his or her boss into the inferno if they have faith in them. Too bad a lot of employees think their bosses are incompetent. It was already mentioned earlier how almost 50% of all workers think they could do their bosses’ job better than their boss. So, maybe it’s time to look in the mirror and see if you’re the problem.
Never assume your employees are happy. Know what can lead to dissatisfaction and do everything you can to avoid it.

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