So, you run a business that, by all measures, you believe to be successful. You’ve consistently turned a profit, you’ve expanded, and with the new year upon us, you believe that 2018 will be your best year yet. However, what if we were to tell you the backbone of your business, your employees, weren’t as happy as you are. What if we were to tell you that if the opportunity arose, they would likely jump ship and move to another company? It may be hard to believe, but according to a recent report by Mental Health America and the Faas Foundation, that is the reality for 71 percent of the American workforce.
While that is certainly a startling figure, it does beg the question as to why employees are unhappy, and more importantly, what an employer can do about it. Today we are going to find out.
Seventy percent say their company has unrealistic workload expectations
Do your employees have clearly stated job descriptions that come with realistic expectations? While we understand the drive to succeed, it should not come at the well-being of your employees. When an employer sets unrealistic goals and expectations of their employees, it will result in staff not only being overworked but ultimately unhappy and looking for something else.
Sixty-four percent say their supervisors do not give them enough support
The goal of a supervisor is to help motivate their employees to attain their professional goals; however, if there is no support coming from the supervisor to achieve them, then you will quickly have a disenfranchised workforce. Supervisors should take a hands-on approach to employees, helping them develop their skills, and mitigate and overcome problems as they occur. When a supervisor fails to do this, you will soon realize how quickly your employees will begin to look for the support they are lacking elsewhere.
Sixty-three percent say that work stress affects their mental health
A person would be hard-pressed to find a job that didn’t come with at least some level of stress, and that is to be expected. However, the stress an employee experiences at work should not continue outside of working hours. More and more employees are reporting the stress from their jobs is impacting their personal lives, and in case you didn’t know, no employee wants that. It is imperative for employees to have a healthy work/life balance, one in which they have the opportunity to leave their work stress at the door so they can come back feeling renewed and ready to tackle the day ahead.
Forty-four percent believe they are always or often overlooked
While most employees would be happy to receive a promotion, the reality is that not everyone will. However, that isn’t to say that all employees shouldn’t be recognized and celebrated for the work they do. When an employee feels as though the work they are putting in is not being recognized, they are more likely to be unhappy in their current position and will be on the lookout, either actively or passively, for something better. By acknowledging the hard work of your employees and ensuring that they feel important will go a long way in creating not only a happy workforce but a productive one.
Are you looking to build a workforce that can help position your company for success?
If so, then contact ASAP Business Solutions today and learn how we can help you find the right employees to move your company forward.