With nearly 70% of employees being disengaged from their work, according to a Gallup survey, chances are at least some of your employees hate coming to work.
Disheartening? Yes, but perhaps more troubling is that you may be the reason why if you aren’t meeting these four needs that drive job satisfaction:
1. Physical. Employees need time to decompress. Encourage them to take regular short breaks and lunch every day. Set the example by taking breaks yourself.
2. Emotional. Employees want to feel appreciated for their contributions. Offer daily positive feedback to them. Praise them publicly, and offer them credit when they deserve it.
3. Mental. When employees are pulled in many different directions and are required to multitask, they feel scattered and overwhelmed. When possible, allow them to focus on one task at a time. Set priorities and deadlines, but then grant them autonomy over how they work. Additionally, manage conflict and reduce distractions so that they can focus on the job.
4. Spiritual. Employees want to find meaning in their work. Sit down with employees to talk about how they help the organization reach its goals. Then, when you assign work, explain how it contributes to the big picture.
— Adapted from “What to Do if Your Employees Hate Their Jobs,” Jasmin Rojas, hr.blr.com.