3 Employee Morale Busters that Disrupt Productivity

By Corey Hastings

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Ask any successful business owner the importance of workplace morale and they’re sure to highlight its place on their list of priorities. The attitude employees display throughout their workday can make or break a company’s success. According to the world’s leading positivity psychologist and NYT best selling author Shawn Anchor, “Your brain works significantly better at positive than at negative, neutral or stressed. Every single business and educational outcome improves when we start at positive rather than waiting for a future success. Sales improve 37% cross-industry, productivity by 31%.”

Morale can be difficult to maintain. So what can you do to keep spirits high and productivity soaring? Start with ridding your workplace of the 3 employee morale busters we’ve outlined below. Once you’ve established a clear path for positivity, you’ll see a meaningful boost in morale and an overall higher quality of work.

1. Placing blame and singling out

It’s inevitable that mistakes get made. It will only work against you to blame an employee when they slip up. Bosses or managers often have trouble accepting responsibility for mistakes and end up singling subordinates out, creating a timid and fearful environment. No matter what, avoid laying into the supposed culprit. Despite how bad of a mistake was made, take a deep breath and try to understand why it happened, how it can be resolved, and how it can be prevented in the future.

2. Poor communication and unclear goals

To further avoid mistakes being made, you must be completely clear about your expectations. Properly communicating your goals and what’s needed from each task will help you avoid frustrated employees who don’t exactly know what they’re working towards. While self-starters make strong employees, no one should be asked to operate with vague to no guidance. Make sure to allot time in your day to explain and clarify with a positive and helpful tone. By doing so, your employees will accept your guidance and leadership and learn to operate more productively, thus freeing up more time for you to focus on your own tasks.

3. Lack of trust and micromanaging

Lack of trust often leads to micromanaging, and almost nothing is as demoralizing than managing your employees’ every step. They were hired for a reason, so once you’ve properly and clearly communicated what you need from them, trust in their abilities and let them take the reigns. As hard as it may be, let your employees finish their assignments unencumbered. Remember to always encourage them to ask questions when they arise, and keep your office door open for anything they need that might come up. Let them understand that coming to you won’t incur negative repercussions. This is how employees will learn exactly what it is you want, making them more apt to complete tasks faster and better in the long run.

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