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Reasons Your Employees Are Crying

Reasons Your Employees Are Crying

As anyone who has had a toddler can attest, logic isn’t necessarily involved when a child is wailing. Recent web craze Reasons my Son is Crying demonstrates that children will cry at absolutely anything, from not fitting through the doggie door to mismatched socks. These bizarre meltdowns can be entertaining to parents and sometimes completely befuddling.

What’s not to relate to? How often have you seen adults cry over things you will never understand? But could you be the reason your employees are crying? It’s not quite as funny when you’re the one bringing tears to their eyes.

Better understand why your employees are unhappy and what you can do to make their workplace a more productive space. Check out these top reasons your employees may be crying.

Fake motivators lead to fake satisfaction

Leading questions like, “You’re happy, right?” only leave room for one answer. If your employees aren’t comfortable giving real feedback, then you’ll probably never know they are unhappy until they hand in their resignation letter. Instead, empower your staff to communicate what drives them to be happy. For some it may be better benefits, tools to grow in their role, or cross-functional visibility. Continue to ask open-ended questions that will help you get honest answers, like “What part of your job do you like least?” Over time, this knowledge will enable you to build roles that will enhance your team’s morale.

It’s just a job

If an employee feels disconnected from the organization and can’t tell how his role impacts organizational objectives, he may start to feel trapped in just another job. Performance reviews that provide direction and clear goals help team members feel connected to the bigger workplace picture. Learn how to connect their roles to goals and enhance engagement and retention of your talent.

Quality work too often gets hamstringed

Excessive red tape, lack of training and poor management make it difficult for employees to do their jobs well. The most obvious fix for these unhappy workers is to give them the tools and the opportunities they need to feel challenged. Give them the direction and resources necessary to operate efficiently, and you’ll see productivity and morale take a boost.

As a manager, you are responsible for keeping your employees happy. For more management tips on blanket reprimands, managing conflict and open door policies, read the latest from our Pro Code series.

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