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How to Avoid Creating Disgruntled Employees

Published on Oct 12, 2011


Read our article, 'How to Avoid Creating Disgruntled Employees' at 'Time to Start Up,' the small business blog by BizFilings.
http://www.bizfilings.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/DisgruntledEmployee.jpg Let’s be honest. Nobody walks into a new job hoping to become disgruntled. On the contrary, many new job opportunities begin with hope, as well as a desire for the new employee to make a meaningful contribution. So why do so many employees become dissatisfied and disgruntled with their jobs? Depending on the company and the individual, the details will vary. But if we take a step back, there are some underlying factors that are typically present …

Why Employees Become Disgruntled

(1) Their voice is not heard. In other words, their problems, ideas, dedication and hard work go unnoticed by their leader. This can happen when a leader is simply unavailable, too busy to listen, or when they don't follow up after the employee has communicated with them. It doesn’t matter if a leader’s intent is to follow up. They need to actually do it — otherwise an employee can feel disregarded. If someone’s voice is ignored for long enough, they generally stop speaking and stop caring. (2) They feel disrespected. Not being listened to by leadership can easily cause an employee to feel disrespected. But there are other catalysts, including not being given a raise that’s deserved, or not being given a relevant role in the company. If you’ve invested the time and money in hiring a particular person, helping them create a relevant role gives them a sense of satisfaction and belonging that benefits everybody. If you can’t afford to give your employees a raise, there are other ways your can respect and reward them. Pushing paper for eight or nine hours a day is not a satisfying feeling, especially when you have so much more to contribute! Giving your employees relevance empowers them to grow and be their best.

The Benefits of Listening to, and Respecting, Employees

When a leader successfully listens to and respects their staff, they procure loyalty, innovation and productivity — which leads to increased profits — and even happiness for all involved. Developing these skills takes work, but the benefits can take employees, and a business, to new heights.