When morale starts to slip in your workplace, the symptoms will spread and have far-reaching effects. Soon enough, even your most loyal team members will start to think about moving on! How can you improve employee satisfaction in your workplace? First, be on the alert for these signs of unhappy employees.
Clues that your employees are unhappy
Productivity is slipping
Employee satisfaction and productivity are directly linked; when the first one starts to fade, the second follows soon after. If you notice that your employees are less engaged in their work and getting less done, take action as soon as possible. It might take some effort to identify the cause of the low morale, but you’ll now be one step closer to finding a solution.
Any successful business relies on strong teamwork, and health care is no exception. In fact, the high-stress environment that is common in many healthcare facilities makes it even more important that your employees function as a team. Are you spending more and more time resolving conflict between your staff members? If so, it might be time to focus on better communication and team building efforts.
In fact, signs of conflict may often be quite subtle. Do your workers connect on a personal level, or is it strictly business? Facilities that emphasize a strong, welcoming, family culture generally have better morale, as these types of connections are important to one’s emotional well-being.
Lack of engagement
Which do people normally treat better: a house that they are renting or one that they have bought and intend to keep for many years? Almost universally, spaces that we view as temporary receive less care and attention than those that we see as part of our future. Now, think about your employees. Are they engaged in their work, participating in meetings, sharing ideas and speaking up? When employees are unhappy, they might go through the motions and even churn out good work, but they’ll show little interest in contributing beyond the bare minimum.
Showing up late for work
A few tardy days are to be expected. Indeed, your policy on late clock-ins should reflect that these events are sometimes unavoidable. When an employee consistently shows up late, however, it’s a clear sign that their interest in their job is wearing off. Be sure to give these employees extra attention, and make an effort to find out what they need to feel more fulfilled at work.
At HireCare, we understand that building a strong team is the only way for your facility to succeed. If you’re interested in hiring strategies that can fill gaps in your staff and meet your long-term goals, we have the answers that you need. To connect with talented healthcare workers in your area, contact us today.