Work is one of the most important things in our lives. We spend 30% of our lives in a working environment, so it’s most certainly important we spend it in a happy and positive one. Conversely many of us spend our time at work in some of the most negative and unhappy working environments – why? Studies show that disengaged workers are 60% more likely to make mistakes, whilst also 37% to be absent. Makes you think right?
For the right HR teams, leaders and managers this presents the great opportunity and task to identify areas in the workplace that need improvement. The result is a drive in training and development programmes, along with combining inspiring positive working techniques to help uplift staff happiness in the workplace.
the causes of an unhappy working environment and how to challenge them.
In some way or another, we’re either an introvert or an extrovert, and having the right balance between the two is important. The introvert/extrovert paradigm is a set of personality characteristics that define your personality. Not sure if you’re introvert or extrovert? Check out the Myers & Briggs personality test here.
By knowing and understanding the difference between an introvert and extrovert, you will be able to understand your colleagues much more clearly. You’ll be able to identify what they respond to, what drives them and why. This in turn, should allow you to build more stable and stronger relationships with them.
Unfortunately, in some working environments we have to deal with difficult people and situations. This is where working with emotional intelligence comes in. By learning how to work with emotional intelligence you can become more self-aware, interpret others better and assess emotions correctly and build more productive working relationships as a result.
Any job comes with tasks to do, goals to achieve and a level of stress. This isn’t uncommon and studies show that the right levels of work stress are good for productivity. However, when managers set unrealistic deadlines, work-related stress rears its ugly head and affects our working environment.
This can result in you staying late and the work/personal time becomes imbalanced. Communication with your colleagues is key to counteracting this imbalance, and will help to maintain productivity. Consistent communication between your team will help everyone understand project deadlines and to address unachievable deadlines.
This point often goes under the radar, yet is actually a core component for a positive working environment. Healthy workers are happier workers, and in turn are more productive workers. Healthy eating coupled with exercise for at least 30 minutes, 3 times a week, increases your productivity by 16%.
The benefits of drinking water are endless; by staying hydrated you’re more focused, energised and creative. You’re more inclined to engage with employees and tasks too, which helps you when working with your colleagues.
You can also drink coffee (YAY!), yes that’s right, albeit in small doses. Drinking coffee increases productivity by 19% and motivation by 18%, so go and treat yourself to a cup of the good stuff.
For dietary help, we’ve created an awesome cheat sheet to help you encourage healthy eating for you and your colleagues. This works two-fold as now you’ve got an additional topic to discuss with your team – “how are you getting on with your healthy eating programme?”
If we can’t see career growth, we can become disillusioned with our careers and question if we’re in the right place. This is especially common with the millennial generation and is often just a communication problem. To own this problem, identify your career goals and determine if you can achieve them in your current working environment. Speak to your manager and if you don’t feel you can achieve your career goals, it’s time to find another job!
“There are leaders and there are those who lead” – a famous quote from best-selling leadership author Simon Sinek. In a nutshell, we have bosses and we have leaders. Bosses drive employees, leaders coach them. Bosses depend on authority, leaders on goodwill. Notice the differences? Leaders are thoughtful, caring and want to see you grow, whereas bosses look after themselves and can be commanding and lack understanding.
Be the change you want to see in your working environment – encourage chatting between teams. Pursue ideas and collaboration. Give recognition where it’s deserved and record the positive uplift you will see from your team. Create a learning culture and see your team’s productivity increase by 37%. The results from these tactics will surprise and amaze both you and your management. The performance uplift will open eyes and minds and help you create the positive working environment we all deserve.
There are many more reasons why you may you be unhappy in your working environment. These are but a few consistent causes we have identified that you can work on improving today. With that being said, keep your eye out for our follow up blog ‘how to create a positive working environment’ that will help you put your ideas into action.