Happiness is one of the most important goals we have as human beings. Almost every action we take is indirectly focused on one thing: happiness. We earn money so that we can live a comfortable and happy life. But, if our work leads us to unhappiness, we get into huge trouble. This is because we carry the despair from our workplace to home, and despite having all the comforts, our life feels unhappy. Further, it may seem that unhappiness at work is a cause of trouble for the employees. If you are an employer or a human resource manager, you must understand that employee unhappiness is hazardous for your organization. Although the negative impacts of employee unhappiness may not be immediately noticeable, they can cause significant damage to your company over time. Now, to shed more light on this subject, given below are five reasons why employee unhappiness is damaging for an organization:
Five reasons why employee unhappiness is hazardous for your company:
- Unhappy employees are less productive:
Having a productive workforce is one of your biggest aspirations as an employer or a human resource manager. If your employees are unhappy with your organization, your aspiration may become challenging for you to fulfill. This is simply because we are low on energy when we are down. As a result, we cannot work productively, and the same goes for unhappy employees. Their energy level remains too low for them to be well productive. So, unhappy employees are less productive. This implies that if most of your employees are unhappy, different tasks may take more time to be done than required, which is ultimately considered a huge loss for an organization.
- Unhappy employees are less engaged:
Today almost every business organization globally is focused on cultivating an engaged workforce. After all, an engaged workforce is more productive, profitable, and devoted to its success. If your employees are unhappy with your company, your efforts towards employee engagement may reap many benefits. This is because employee engagement is essentially enhancing your workforce’s emotional connection with your organization. If your employees are unhappy, how can they be emotionally invested in your company even if you put your best efforts into it? So, employee unhappiness is a significant roadblock to employee engagement.
- Unhappy employees are less collaborative:
“If everyone is moving forward together, then success takes care of itself.” Henry Ford’s words highlight teamwork’s importance for a company’s success. Do you know that employee unhappiness is a significant obstacle that obstructs effective collaboration in a company? To help you understand this, let me ask you a simple question. Are you more likely to socialize when you are happy or unhappy? Your answer is the former one, i.e. when you are so glad. This is how we human beings are. So, if your employees are unhappy in the first place, they are likely to be less collaborative. They may even end up having conflicts with their teammates because of their inner emotional turmoil. This is how employee unhappiness can negatively impact collaboration in your organization.
- Unhappy employees can create an unhappy work environment:
Have you ever met an angry person and yourself started feeling that way only as if you have just caught a part of their anger? I’m sure that you must have experienced this as it is an overall experience for us all. This happens because we all radiate energy and are also likely to catch others’ energy. So, if your employees are unhappy, they’ll release the same energy in the workplace, leading to an unhappy work environment. Further, when the work environment has scars of negativity and unhappiness, productive working is less likely. So, unhappy employees can create an unhappy work environment, which is hazardous for your organization’s productivity and performance.
- Unhappy employees exhibit higher absenteeism in the workplace:
When your employees don’t feel happy to come to the office, they are likely to exhibit higher absenteeism. They may do so to avoid the unhappiness they feel at work. But, as you are already aware that the absence of a single teammate can affect an entire team’s performance, so now you know another major drawback of employee unhappiness. It leads to higher absenteeism in the workplace, leading to loss of work and productivity. Moreover, employee unhappiness can also lead to high employee turnover.
As discussed throughout, employee unhappiness can have many damaging impacts on an organization. So, employers and HR managers like you must focus on increasing employee happiness in the workplace. Now, wishing you All the very best, and may your organization grow and glow!