Productivity increases the bottom line and makes shareholders happy. Shareholders and CEOs may be far away from the trenches and the working class that makes the machine hum all the way to the bank, but the plant or department manager deals with the employees directly on a daily basis. It falls on him to understand the changes and rectify the situation to the best of his ability and with the resources provided by his higher-ups.
Hurt feelings - Human beings are not machines and feelings get hurt in the workplace by callous comments from co-workers or lack of recognition from upper management. If the same person is left out from decision making sessions or event planning and treated as an outsider, negativity and unhappiness is sure to follow.
Solution - Privately communicate with the employee and empower him to discuss solutions to put all this behind him. Enact the corrective actions by including the employee in meetings and demonstrating value for his opinions and solutions to problems. Reassess progress regularly through observation and communication.
Feeling Used - This is a common problem in today's work place. It is not usual for employees to feel betrayed by a company they have dedicated the bulk of their waking hours as they see their family time and personal lives dwindling to practically nothing.
Whether we like it or not, the company is responsible for the culture of the workplace and the low or high levels of morale in every department. Most employees are willing to go the extra mile to help out the company and save their jobs, but abusing their efforts by demanding higher expectations without an end in sight, is unsustainable and cruel.
Solution - If the employee's perception is accurate, the employer must make every effort to alleviate the work load and start hiring more employees to equitably distribute the workload. If that is not possible, enact paid time off for the employee as a sign of recognition for their dedication.
The ten warning signs of an unhappy employee listed here are some of the most common but others include blowing up, aggressive behavior and inappropriate language in a business environment. Treating the problems early on is the recommended course of action to avoid escalating the problem and continuing to maintain a peaceful and productive environment.