The 10 symptoms of your bad working atmosphere
A 2014 survey by OpinionWay Institute found that a bad work environment can make more than 40% of French employees change jobs. To avoid such situations, this article lists the 10 synonymous signs of a bad environment so that you can act before it's too late.
1. A significant turnover
Even voluntary departures, such as those related to family reasons or those initiated by the employer, exist in any company, and the turnover rate is generally considered by many specialists as an indicator of the prevailing social climate.Turnover implies additional costs (recruitment, integration of new staff etc.), makes it difficult to retain talented staff and reduces cohesion among teams. If you notice a lot of departures among your teams, ask yourself the right questions about your recruitment process, management or even the environment of your company (financial situation, market competitiveness, etc.).Turnover is a separate issue and is a concern for 82% of HR managers (according to a study in 2017 by recruitment firm Robert Half). It remains one of the most important indicators of a bad work environment.
2. Repeated absences
Resigning as an (extreme) step is often preceded by recurring employee absences. Repeated sick leave may imply significant level of fatigue and loss of motivation.Short-term demotivation is quite human and likely to happen. But in the long term, it will have implications both at the company level (absenteeism and sick leave costs) than at the level of the employee who will not be so productive anymore.
3. Loss of daily motivation
Without going so far as to be absent, an employee may show many signs on a daily basis that are related to their loss of motivation at work. Like late arrivals, they take much longer and more frequent breaks, are less involved in activities, have lower productivity, produce reduced quality work, and so on.If each employee has their own work pace, try to ensure regular monitoring to prevent a significant and recurring decrease in productivity which reflects their desire to go elsewhere.
4. Malicious communication within the company
Negative communication within the company develops systematically where there is a harmful social environment. Employees become more dissatisfied and don't hold back in sharing their views in their discussions with colleagues.In addition, it's common today to use forums or exchange platforms to express bad experiences at work, or worse, to spread rumours to harm your business. This will be all the more dangerous as it will ruin your e-reputation and your attractiveness outside the company and among young talents in particular.To prevent this, don't hesitate to take a closer look at your e-reputation and regularly look at the opinions of your company on specialised sites (Linkedin, Glassdoor, etc.).
5. Reduced internal communication
In addition to harmful external communication, bad working environments can also generate harmful internal communication for your own activities. Employees may reduce their communications to a minimum and behave in an individualistic way when they no longer see their future in their current business. This will represent a real obstacle for your professional activities.You can detect such problems when you notice a difficulty in obtaining information that is essential for the proper functioning of your business. Or when you get extremely different answers to the same question, showing an evident lack of communication between your teams.
6. Internal rivalries that are too common
If competition is important to pull your employees up, it can be harmful when it happens on a daily basis. Sometimes your employees forget that they are part of a "team" where their colleagues are partners who they must collaborate with. Instead, they see them as rivals, which distorts professional relationships.This is manifested by the increased caution of your employees and the greater isolation that is easily reflected in their daily lives (e.g. by always eating alone in the office and not going to team lunches, not taking a coffee break with colleagues, etc.)
Like turnover, favouritism is considered as a classic indicator of a bad working environment. When faced with such situations, your employees will feel sidelined and undervalued. This makes them add to the bad atmosphere of your business.To avoid this, provide a code of ethics and clear regulations that do not tolerate abuse (sexism, racism, abuse of power, etc.). Then make sure that it is applied to everyone (not just a few people) and that promotions and awards for your employees are only awarded on the basis of merit.
8. Managers who aren't involved enough
A manager who is too absent from the demands of their teams or who never meets obligations or requirements, can directly influence the atmosphere among their teams. The latter will then no longer trust their manager.Similarly, a manager who is always around or too involved will have the same negative consequences. If a manager regularly scolds or shouts at their team, shows no sign of gratitude to colleagues, or continually makes derogatory remarks, it will undeniably influence the social climate of your company.So try to encourage strong and reciprocal links between managers and their teams. A manager must be open to others and be available to make team members feel more isolated. Likewise, teams need to keep in touch with their leader so that they feel involved in their team lives.
9. An uninvolved HR department
HR can play a key role in avoiding conflict. They can play the role of mediators in a company and manage the problems between employees and managers.If they fail in their roles or if they engage in questionable behaviour, it will significantly influence the well-being of your employees who will feel more isolated.
10. No activities outside of work
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