Are Your Employees Unhappy? 3 Ways to Find Out

unhappy employee working from home

Did you know that more than half of all UK employees wish to get new jobs? In a 2020 report, it was found that 79% of British employees experience work-related stress, and are displeased, discontent, or unhappy at work. This includes employees working at companies with a positive corporate culture.

Are your employees unhappy? Here’s how you can tell.

Visual Signals & Body Language

Visual indications of displeasure are obvious signs of employee unhappiness. From frowning faces to constant fidgeting and clock-watching, nothing says your employees are unhappy better than their body language. You may often find them staring into space, have disgruntled expressions as they work, or rolling their eyes during team announcements or meetings.

It’s not just these visual cues you need to watch out for. You should also be wary of their tone and verbal expressions. Do they sigh a lot or speak in a depressing tone when discussing work? Have you overheard them make sarcastic remarks or jokes that suggest they’re not happy? Keep your eyes and ears open to pick up on these cues!

employee checking the time during work hours

Lack of Creativity & Motivation

You can’t expect your employees to have creative ideas all the time, or be in high spirits every single day. However, if you’ve noticed a drastic drop in creativity or motivation in your team lately, you have reason to worry.

When employees are unhappy, they’re unmotivated to work. This causes the creativity levels to drop because they aren’t invested enough to come up with new or unique ideas. They may also refrain from voicing opinions because of this very reason; they simply no longer care.

Doing the Bare Minimum

As a business, you need to have employees who actually want to strive harder and contribute to the company’s growth.

If your employees only care about doing the bare minimum and show little to no interest in going the extra mile every once in a while, they’re obviously not happy. Instead, they’re just working at your company to make ends meet and are merely performing the same motions every day without caring for how it affects your business.

Having unhappy employees can significantly increase your chances of having workplace conflicts. These can quickly escalate and turn into heated arguments and fights. This is why it’s imperative that you address the causes for employee unhappiness as early as possible, and intervene in disputes before things get out of hand.

Working with an experienced mediator can help resolve workplace conflicts effectively.  Avinder Laroya at Minute Mediation is able to facilitate workplace and team disputes. Get in touch today for online dispute resolution and conflict management services in London!

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