RED FLAG: 90% of staff are unhappy
Independent research findings show people are not happy at work.
Why? A gazillion reasons of which the following come to mind…
My 45-years experience in government institutions, corporate environments, small business and non-profits have shown me that discontent people do not have a safe space to say what’s working and what not.
- Mismanagement is a real problem.
- Discrimination, bullying, harassment are challenging situations to be in.
- Verbal, physical and other forms of abuse are unacceptable, yet happen daily.
- Illegal, immoral, unethical, fraudulent behavior, and other forms of misconduct of colleagues create all kinds of issues.
What happens when people do not have a grievance forum?
- Disgruntled people become sick, take time off, and this impacts others at work who have to keep things going.
- Unhappy people take long lunches, and tea brakes, go for smoke breaks and take their mates with them (who may or may not smoke and call it business meetings, but talk about rugby, soccer or whatever), or stay away for extended periods of time with all kinds of excuses when there is no clocking system, which puts an extra burden on colleagues who have to take up the slack.
- Discontent individuals are more likely to have accidents, cause mishaps and upsets, are difficult to work with for a myriad of reasons and often display passive aggressive behavior, have short fuses and get upset at the least provocation, which makes relationships at work quite tricky.
- Some people are more likely to lose things, or re-appropriate stock, equipment, or tools because the company ‘owes’ them.
- I have even come across incidences where people have caused emergencies so that they can work overtime and get more pay because the company did not honor their promises.
- Everyone suffers, because if you are unhappy at work, and you spend most of your waking hours there, it must impact on your situation at home as well.
There is a bigger picture at play as well. Companies go out of business because they do not make enough money to compensate for these things, which means people lose their jobs, and ultimately, it affects the economy… not to mention the impact it has on family and social life.
Employees need a grievance forum
There are many reasons staff need a forum where they can ‘get it off their chest’, and be able to talk about things that aren’t working in the organization and how it affects them negatively…
People need the opportunity to talk about things that are bothering them. Talking face-to-face is not the way to do it because they fear that it might impact them negatively (with reason).
Get a forum for grievances to –
- Say what’s not working.
- Have more eyes and ears ‘on the ground’. People notice things even if they are not directly involved.
- Speak up because it is the right thing to do…
Everyone will benefit!!!
This is a WIN-Win situation for your organizations and for you.
Happy people are more productive and easier to get along with.
This means it affects profits and morale.
Bigger profits mean bigger end-of year bonuses.
Anonymity provides safety
For people to feel safe, you need to give them a forum where they can speak openly, anonymously, with guaranteed confidentiality.
Get an independent, external Genius Within Staff Audit.
A confidential, independent, external staff audit could solve most of your HR problems and save everyone a lot of aggravation, and time while boosting morale, as well as profits.
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