How to Spot the Signs of an Unhappy Employee

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How to Spot the Signs of an Unhappy Employee

Everyone experiences bad days at work. Feeling disinterested or even disengaged in your work is natural.

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Let’s face it; they don’t call it “work” for nothing. Your job requires a lot of concentration and long hours. There are times when you don’t agree with your coworkers or manager, and you’ll have moments when you just want to walk out the front door and never come back.

But you do come back, and you resolve your issues because you’re committed to your job and ultimately enjoy the work. However, that’s not the case for everyone. Do you have an employee who is suddenly not acting like their usual self? Can you sense that they’re unhappy? Managing someone who doesn’t want to be at work isn’t easy to do.

Here are four signs that you have an unhappy employee and what you can do to help the situation.

They Show Up Late and Leave Early

You can tell when someone doesn't want to be at work when they continuously show up for work late and leave early. Happy employees try to arrive on time every morning and stay until closing time because they want to make a positive impression in the office. But if you consistently notice someone begrudgingly coming in well after 9 am and silently leaving before the day is over, there might be a problem.

They’re demonstrating overt apathy, and they don’t want to be at work. They know that you'll notice them arriving late or leaving early, yet they don't seem to care. Consider taking the person aside. Ask how they're doing and if things are okay at home. You never know what a person is going through. But you’ll also want to give a gentle warning about their behaviour.

Sudden Decrease in Productivity

Have you noticed an abrupt negative change in an employee’s productivity? When someone is unhappy with their job, their work ethic tends to decrease. They may not care about the outcome as much, so they’ll give up on trying so hard to please you and the rest of the team. Such behaviour is detrimental to their job and the wellbeing of the entire company. You must intervene immediately.

Your employee may need a simple push from someone they respect, like yourself. Never underestimate the power of positive affirmation. For example, remind them of their value to the business and how much they matter. If you don't notice any change after a couple of weeks, unfortunately, the person may have already checked out.

Work with a Recruiter

While letting go of an employee isn’t always the easiest choice to make, sometimes it's the best option for the company's greater good. Letting go and hiring someone new can often make a significant difference to your office’s culture. To improve your hiring process and ensure you find the best person for the job, work with a professional recruiter. They have exclusive talent pools to pull from and will solidify a qualified and enthusiastic candidate for your company.

One employee’s negativity can permeate and resonate with your entire office. Remember to check in with your unhappy camper to see what’s going, and consider working with a professional recruitment agency to help optimize the team.