Overcoming Common Employee Frustrations
We all have specific gripes with our workplace, this is nothing new. But what you need to do, as the employer, is to minimize these with great effect. While we can all have specific pet peeves from time to time, if these directly impact our ability to work, or they can develop into major frustrations, it doesn’t take long for an employee to think about looking elsewhere. Not only this, but common frustrations can take up a lot of time, which translates into a lot of money.
What are the most common employee frustrations, and how can we overcome these?
Dreaded System Downtime
One of the most annoying problems any worker can have when they are faced with a tight deadline is when technology issues creep in. System downtime needs to be minimized, as this will take a lot of the general frustrations out of the work atmosphere.
You can achieve this by hiring the right managed IT services company to overhaul your systems so that it can run better.
Not only this, but they can point out significant flaws in your network. Of course, these things all cost money, but have you actually weighed up the difference in how much it costs to hire a company to do this for you in comparison to the number of hours lost due to system downtime?
Tackling The Pay Stasis
Nobody likes to be kept hanging on in the hope that they will have a pay rise in a few months’ time. Sometimes things fall through, but it’s your responsibility to ensure a degree of transparency, not just in terms of pay issues, but throughout the whole business.
People can get angry when they aren’t being recognized financially for their efforts, and you need to find a way to ensure that their attitude towards the business isn’t tempered. While they might be understandably unhappy if they’re not getting a pay rise, maybe the perks of the job can be fixed in other ways. Perhaps a reward, or at the very least, recognition for their individual efforts.
A Lack Of Flexibility
Every employee has a life outside of the office, and they can all feel that it suffers due to the job they’re doing. Flexibility is something that every employer needs to offer, whether it’s through remote working, or giving your employees the opportunity to come in later, or build up flexi-time, changing your attitude towards the rigid 9 to 5 working will pay off in spades when you have an employee who is facing a personal crisis at home and needs to come to the office a bit later.
Considering your own attitude to flexibility is essential so you can pass this onto your employees, and as a result, they will work better for you.
Employee frustrations can filter through into the work, and when we are addressing these issues, we have to go straight to the source. Every employee is different, and they all have unique attitudes and approaches to work that they might believe to be greatly impacted on by the workplace infrastructure.
But if you want your employees to be happier, it’s not just about the human connection, it is about practicing what you preach.
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