Human resources are extremely important in the work place. It’s the driving force that determines a company’s success—but only if it’s productive.
Problems among employees that aren’t dealt with will result in low staff morale. This will consequently decrease the company’s productivity. That means you continuously need to monitor and address issues.
However, before you can address these issues you first need to identify the problems you’re dealing with. So let’s help your identify them. Most businesses face the same types of challenges.
Below we’ll discuss the most common employee issues that may arise in any work environment.
Communication problems—or lack of—is among the most common employee problems. Because of poor communication, deadlines are missed and work is done ineffectively—or not done at all. That’s why it’s important to have clear channels of communication.
How do you get this right?
Employees must know where to go if they have any questions or want clarity. This can be done by making sure of the following:
Implement this and see how it changes your work environment.
Lack of clarity regarding what task you must be performing is enough to de-motivate anyone. This leads to the huge problem of low morale which ultimately equates to decreased performance. That makes this a high priority to remedy.
Your first step: Understand the problem.
There are a couple of reasons that may cause employees to feel de-motivated and these include:
A de-motivated workforce is undoubtedly an ineffective one. However that’s not the only reason for inefficiency at the workplace. It may also be because of the following:
The above can be resolved by the following:
This brings us to the next point.
A workplace is typically an environment where people with different backgrounds and personalities come together. As a result they have unique communication styles and view matters differently. Because of this tensions and conflicts are bound to arise.
This may unfortunately result in interpersonal conflict among colleagues creating an unhealthy working environment. This can definitely negatively impact productivity levels and it’s leadership’s responsibility to manage it:
Still on the subject of an unhealthy working environment, some employees may experience discrimination. It’s unfortunate that some employees may be treated unfairly either by their co- workers or even their employer based on the below mentioned factors:
This could even lead to harassment. If it’s done by a superior it may often be difficult to speak out as they fear negative repercussions.
If you don’t want this hampering your employees’ productivity—or even affect their self image—you should work on:
Let’s be clear: Not all problems are caused by the surrounding work environment. Sometimes it’s entirely based on the employee’s choices for instance coming to work late.
Punctuality issues are prevalent in most workplaces. Of course, being late for work can happen to anyone. It only becomes an issue if it relates to one person in particular—all the time. Having clear ways of dealing with latecomers will contribute to a healthier working environment.
Also employees may call in sick frequently citing every excuse you can think of. More often than not they’ll be taking advantage of the numerous sick days they’re entitled to. Sure, illnesses can’t be avoided but some employees may call in sick on a Monday after a weekend of partying.
The best way to curb this is to always request a doctor’s note to confirm the reasons.
Ask any business owner and they’ll tell you to never underestimate the power of the grape vine.
Most organizations prefer issues to be discussed or handled via the formal communication channels. However this may not always be the case as unofficial communication channels are present.
As a result there’ll be an increase in the following:
Is there a solution? Making employees feel safe to report gossip and talking publicly even about sensitive issues can go a long way in improving the situation.
Do your employees trust you and respect you? Then they’ll probably not gossip about you.
Unfortunately statistics show that employee theft happens to 30% of all businesses. That’s quite an alarming percentage which can affect a company’s bottom line. This can either be theft of company resources or money.
To avoid this you must conduct criminal background checks before hiring staff. Also, this can be significantly reduced by setting up surveillance cameras.
Hopefully now that you know the problems your employees are facing, you’ll take the necessary precautions to curb them.
The goal is to benefit your business, but in many cases you’ll also help your employees towards more job satisfaction. In the long run that will be to your benefit too.