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Signs That Your Work Environment Needs Improvement

Signs That Your Work Environment Needs Improvement

Ideally, your workplace needs to promote a positive and productive environment, but that isn’t always the case. Workplace disputes, poor working environments, and mismanagement can all create additional hardships on the job. If you start noticing any of these signs on a consistent basis, you should do whatever you can as a business owner, a manager, or an employee to improve your work setting.

Little Time to Breathe

Some job settings are fast-paced in nature, but you might be getting overworked if you’re constantly stressed on the job. You might not be getting your allotted break times, or perhaps there’s little to no time to socialize with coworkers. Your job may even be eating away at your personal life and require you to work many hours of overtime along with on weekends and holidays. If you’re an employee who’s in this situation, you should discuss your concerns with your boss to see if there’s any way to lighten your load and allow yourself some more breathing time. Having workplace balance is key for better performance and overall well-being.

Turn Over Rate

If people are constantly quitting and being replaced with new hires on a continuous basis, your workplace may not be an employee-friendly environment. Employees are usually loyal to companies that foster positive settings and provide reasonable salaries. Fair pay, better benefits, and a more positive work setting are just a few improvements that can be made to increase employee retention. The company’s training program should also be examined closely to make sure that all new hires are getting the training they need to understand their job duties so that these employees will be less inclined to quit.

Lack of Input on Decisions

When decisions are made at your workplace, you or other employees might not have the chance to give any input, and this can impact the company’s morale. Employees who aren’t able to offer their input can feel overlooked and as if their contributions aren’t as important in the company. Staff members could also feel incompetent and might think that their intelligence is being questioned when they aren’t able to contribute to the decision-making process. Management should remember that everyone’s opinions matter and everyone should be given opportunities to express what’s on their mind when it comes to making company decisions.

Excessive Gossiping Among Employees

Some gossipy chatter among employees is to be expected, but excessive workplace gossip can create feelings of animosity and distrust among workers. Employees should be reminded of the dangers of gossip and how it can ruin reputations and publicize personal information. If you want to prevent employee gossip about yourself, you should think twice about sharing any personal information with your coworkers. Getting involved romantically with one of your coworkers could also get the gossip mill turning in your work setting.

Bullying and Harassment

Bullying and harassment should never be tolerated in the workplace, and you may need to take action to resolve instances of these episodes whether they’re happening to you or other employees. No one should have to feel scared or intimidated while working, and employees who are guilty of mistreating any coworkers should be disciplined and possibly terminated.

High Rates of Sick Leave

Your workplace will definitely need improvement if employees are constantly calling in sick. Some employees might be genuinely sick, while others are trying to take advantage of the company’s lax sick leave policy. Employees who really do become ill may be overworked and overstressed, which can result in sleep difficulties and a weaker immune system. There could also be something dangerous in the workplace, such as mold growth or a chemical leak, that’s causing a lot of illnesses, and the building where you work may need an inspection and remediation services to solve the problem.

A more harmonious workplace may be in your future if the issues that stand in the way are addressed. No matter your position, you can take measures to help create a business environment that’s more suitable for everyone. We recommend getting in contact with HR or someone you trust that can help you. It is also important that there are resources available for everyone and protocols for conflict resolution.

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by Tracie Johnson // Tracie Johnson is a New Jersey native and an alum of Penn State University. She is passionate about writing, reading, and living a healthy lifestyle. She feels happiest when around a campfire surrounded by friends, family, and her Dachshund named Rufus.

Opinions expressed by contributors are their own.