A couple of days ago, Bloomberg posted an editorial about a rather troubling situation that tends to grow more and more within companies - management has no idea that their employees are unhappy and are ready to abort the ship.
Recently, Microsoft surveyed 30000 employees to find out how they feel about their current situation. We find the results to be very alarming. If you look at their statistics, more than half of the employees (54%) claim to be overworked, while on the other side, 61% of the leaders consider their business to be thriving. These statistics highlight that management is disconnected from their employees' well-being.
Now, the reason for this contradictory situation is a simple one. Because of the pandemic, people have more flexible schedules, not the classic 9 to 5. Our take is that leaders are taking advantage of this. They are pinging their team at odd hours. So, from their point of view, the business is thriving. But at what cost? Well, to the employees’ happiness, who feel exhausted and are looking for new employment - 41% of surveyed employees consider leaving their jobs.
However, working overtime is not the only thing that makes people unhappy with their job.
Staying isolated from their colleagues creates stress, especially within Gen Z, where FOMO (the fear of missing out) has started to be a real psychological issue. And when applying even more pressure to a person who already needs support, that might be the straw that broke the camel’s back.
As a leader in an organization, the power is in your hands to address this dire situation. A solution is to take the time to understand the root cause of your teams’ unhappiness and action on the insights. This is one big step to ensure that you have a healthy team that stays with your company.
Recently, we raised the alarm on the Great Resignation. We took the chance to discuss the matter and offered some tips on how to tackle the issue. Yet, this being such an important topic, we decided to extend the discussion.
The secret for a successful business is to actually manage to keep the employees within the company, not just bring them into the team.
Feedback is not a one-way road. You don't only ask for the employees' opinions and leave them hanging. You have to also be able to start a conversation based on these insights and act upon them.
Ask any team leader about the decisions they make when it comes to leading their employees, they will tell you that everything they do is to benefit the organization.
Research shows that people who are assigned boring and repetitive tasks are more likely to get distracted when working outside the office environment.
Discussing an issue makes people feel more confident about finding a solution.
Each organization is unique, and its culture is cultivated in every single interaction between employees.
There is no such thing as private and professional happiness. There is just one universal happiness formed by multiple parts.
There's no secret that in order to have high-performing teams, all members need to be happy.
To be successful in business, you need more than talented people on your team.
More than often, leaders are being perceived only for their management skills.
As a general rule, people don't usually like showing off their vulnerabilities
Does happiness have to end when the workday begins?
We went looking for answers. This is what we discovered.
Recently, a study that started in 2011 presented an actual scientific link between high-performance teams and the level of happiness of their members.
Sadly, on average, people tend not to be very fond of their jobs. They see their work as a necessity but not as something enjoyable.
People have become more acutely aware that we need to have a digital way of working relating to HR.
Always follow up with your employees to understand their situations and problems that they might face.
Rather than focusing on engagement, concentrate on happiness.
Alexander talks about how Frank Digital works towards a happier work environment
Marija shares her story of using Hapkey at Ombori.
Hapkey's CEO, Marcus Castenfors, had the pleasure of interviewing Henrik Kniberg this week.
Hapkey's CEO Marcus Castenfors joined the podcast "Fika med oss" this week to talk about employee happiness and organizational change.