You Could Be The Real Reason Behind Unhappy team. Here’s how

Okay, so here’s the thing - there is no such thing as an ideal job. People will always complaint about this and that at workplace. And, they are well within their right to do so. After all, we are never satisfied with what we get easily.
But this post is not about that. This post is about the real reasons that make employees feel dissatisfied and unhappy at work. I’m sure you all will be able to relate to these points in some or the other way. So, let us straight away get to those points -

You don’t walk the talk

Anyone can talk the talk, but only strong leaders know how important it is to walk the talk. One of the biggest reasons for frustration at work is because employees are unable to find their leaders motivating them enough.
If you are a leader who expects the team members to sweat it out in the field, while you sit comfortably in your cabin you will never have a thriving team. Both you and the entire team are equal contributors in success and failure at work. So, you need to participate equally.
One of the things I do to ensure the same is that I keep my workstation right where everyone else sits. So, I get to know what everyone has to go through every-freaking-day at work, and they get to see what all I have to go through during the entire day.

Employee engagement - A BIG NO

Team building requires employee engagement and efficient collaboration. When was the last time you had a team building event? How do you welcome a new employee in the team? Does he or she even get a formal team introduction?
These things are too basic to be told, yet many leaders fail to understand its importance. In today’s competitive work culture people don’t need just money. They are on the lookout for a place where they get the right work-life balance. They need a place where they can work and at the same time have fun! And, employee engagement becomes the number one factor for this.
To make sure such unhappiness does not even lurk around us here at ProofHub I make it a point to never have a single dull moment at office. Everyone is always up for not just working hard, but to spread a little laughter and bring joy to the entire team.

You are the culprit of ‘Clock-watching’

Clock-watching has become one of the most annoying things in today’s work environment. We live in a day where people are looking for flexible working hours, and it makes sense because that gives them the freedom to work at time they are more productive at.
‘Why is your system shut down at dot 6 PM?’ ‘You came 10 minutes late, you must compensate it in the evening.’ ‘You need to take smaller breaks.’
These are the kind of things that bring down the morale of even the best of employees. Rather than poking them for small things like these, try to give them the freedom and trust me people will feel more accountable.
This is the thing we practice here at ProofHub. And, yes it has backfired a couple of times with people misusing the freedom, but at the same time it has helped me find some of my top performers as well. So, it’s totally worth it!

You keep things behind the curtains

Transparency is another major factor that hinders the happiness of employees. By keeping things behind closed doors you are in a way sowing the seeds of insecurity.
When team members don’t know what goes behind the curtains, and what’s being communicated to the clients, they start to make their own predictions. And, this is when rumors begin to spread that can eventually bring even the biggest and the strongest teams down. This is the kind of environment you need to avoid. How to do it? Well, I personally ensure that whatever is happening in ProofHub teams have a clear idea about it.
Whether it is a feedback for poor service or an appreciation for doing a great job - everything is communicated to the entire team. Whether we are looking to build something new or shut something down, things are always kept in the open so that there is no scope of rumors and insecurities.

You don’t believe in feedback

Some employee did not like the new policy you implemented in the office, so he or she came and discussed it with you. This reflects as a negative in his or her performance review.
If you are a leader who behaves like this, then it is quite obvious that employees are never going to be happy with you or to work as part of your team. You need to be open to giving and receiving feedback. Feedback sharing is a complicated art, which you need to master as a leader and be open to both giving as well as receiving feedback.
As leader I take it as my personal responsibility to make sure that employee feedback is received with an open mindset. Whatever they say is taken in a healthy way, discussed and acted upon so that no one feels their voice is being unheard.
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About Author:
Sandeep Kashyap is the Founder of ProofHub — a leading project management and collaboration software. A passionate leader, Sandeep is always on the lookout for innovative ideas about filling the communication gap between groups, teams and companies. He is also a featured writer on LinkedIn and a contributing author at YourStory. You can connect with him on TwitterFacebook, and LinkedIn.
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