Widespread negativity in the workplace is the leading cause of a decrease in employee morale at offices. It drains the energy of the workforce and has adverse effects on the team as a whole.
Negativity can occur in various ways. It can take place at events, during decisions, in the form of office gossip or conversations centered on office policies and management styles.
One of the worst consequences of workplace negativity is perhaps the effect it has on employees, especially new ones who are brainwashed into thinking a certain way by other employees even though they may not even have a problem with the office to begin with.
In order to help businesses curb this widespread problem, we’ve compiled a list of the top three tips that will help you decrease negativity at your firm.
It is very common for employees to closely monitor management styles and treatments given to each person in the office. While managers may seem to naturally get along with a few members from the get-go, it is important to make sure that it doesn’t translate into favoritism. Here are some behaviors to avoid at all costs:
- Allowing some employees to take longer breaks while reprimanding others who do the same.
- Criticizing an employee publically while calling others in a private space to discuss performance.
- Inconsistent approvals for leaves and time changes.
Offering More Opportunities
When employees are offered a wide range of opportunities, be it for professional or personal growth, the focus of their conversation shifts from negative to positive. Employees who see an active interest in their well-being by managers are more likely to appreciate the thoughtfulness and be satisfied with the workplace.
Managers must also ensure that employees are rightfully appreciated and rewarded for their performances as it fosters a greater level of trust in the company.
Listen To Employees
Strong, happy and productive teams take time. The key however is effective communication. Create an outlet for employees to express themselves freely, arrange sessions or one-on-one meetings quarterly so the management can get a better idea of an employee’s head space.
By actively listening to workers and asking for feedback on matters and policies that concern them, employees are likely to feel valued. This will help lay the foundation for a more positive workplace culture.