The workplace is where almost every working adult spends a lot of his or her time at. It is a known fact that the surroundings of an employee can greatly affect his or her productivity. In an organisation where targets are set, work is taken seriously and performance is measured without any biasness, one would likely find employees who are productive and motivated.Minimise negativity
However, in reality, with back-biting fellow colleagues and bosses with neither the leadership qualities or abilities, many organisations suffer in the long term with so much of negativity and unhappy employees.
Among the first signs to watch out for when there's negativity in the workplace is when attitudes, outlook and actions of employees reflect that negativity. There could be many reasons as to why employees become so negative. Understanding the reasons behind their negative attitude is the first step needed to curb the unwanted state of mind.
Negativity arises due to a variety of reasons. Some of the most common include ineffective managers who find faults among subordinates or decisions made by management without getting employees' inputs. It could also be because there are rumours of job layoffs or restructuring of the organisation which lead to speculations and eventually negative assumptions.
There are some steps to take to ensure that negativity doesn't become widespread and eventually impact the organisation's bottomline.
Firstly, let employees have some control over their jobs. Many a times, decisions are made by the manager or the management without consulting the exact people who would be involved in the outcome of a decision taken. By getting the employees involved in the decision making process, they would be more positive towards embracing the decision taken. This is especially important when it concerns issues like work hours, pay and benefits and job responsibilities and requirements.
Secondly, treat employees as associates. By treating employees with respect and acknowledging the fact that their efforts contribute to the organisation's performance, employees will feel appreciated. And appreciative employees make productive contributions. Although all organisations have rules and regulations, don't implement too many rules which can block off people's creativity but also eventually make them unhappy.
Thirdly, communicate openly. Just like how every person works and lives for a purpose and future, organisations too need to expound on its directions to its employees. Employees who know where their organisation is headed to, and know what is expected of them to take the organisation where it needs to be, make better workers.
To keep employees informed, managers and management must communicate to its employees of its plans. Meetings, memos and even bulletins are some of the avenues to get the message across. Good managers and good organisations realise that negativity isn't a simple issue that can be brushed aside. After all, its happy and productive employees who make great organisations.
Article courtesy of YellowBrix, Inc.