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5 Ways to Work it Out

By Alexa Connelly
October 14, 2011

Disgruntled Employees: 5 Ways to Work it Out

 As a manager or a leader, you probably have encountered an employee or team member who dreads getting out of bed in the morning and coming to work.   Although many employees like to do a good job at work and feel that sense of accomplishment, it is inevitable to encounter at least one employee in your career who is unhappy.  These employees could be unhappy for various reasons (personal, school, work) and it is your job as a manager or leader to figure out why and help motivate them at work.

The following are some tips to help motivate employees:

  1. 1.       Time Off

Everyone needs a break, even the most diehard workaholic.  Employees like to have a few days off every now and then that aren’t part of their standard compensation.  Rewarding them for their hard work can really help revitalize an employee.  However, make sure it doesn’t become an expectation for your employees or it could turn into a bigger problem for you.

  1. 1.      Work from Home

Some employees are unhappy because of their commute, including the traffic they encounter and the cost of fuel.  By allowing employees to work at home once a week allows you to help with this problem and keeps another car off the road!

  1. Mentor your Employees
    Giving your employees someone to talk to and relate to can help inspire them and challenge them, which leads to potential for endless growth and happiness.
  2. Move on
    Sometimes, there is nothing you can do to help your unhappy employee.  It could be they dislike their job, the work environment, co-workers, or maybe they are just having personal issues that are being carried over into work.  The best thing to do is help the employee find a different situation or job within your organization or, in extreme cases, outside of it.
  3. 4.      Keep it Positive

Being a true leader means getting the most out of your team no matter what the situation.  One of the best ways to do this is by keeping in touch with your team while providing feedback.  Positive feedback is extremely important, even more so than negative feedback, when issues arise.  Most people realize that they have made a mistake and just need someone to pick them up, dust them off, and point them in the right direction.

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