Wave of departures.
Human beings are social creatures who manage complex social relationships in their communities. As such your employees will consider the good and the bad at their work community. Often a wave of departures is a wake up call for the management team that there is an alarming malfunction in the social network of relationships that has been gradually built in the company. It is expected that new comers to the company will be more receptive to the social malfunctions within and therefore quicker to leave.
High sick leaves.
High rates of sick leave and sudden, unscheduled time off are a concern for all companies. Managing attendance issues can be a costly and difficult business. However it is essential to take into consideration that underlying problems in the workplace can lead to severe stress-related issues. Stress accounted for 35% of all work related health cases in 2014/2015 in the UK and for 43% of all working days lost to ill health.
All your eggs in one basket.
An unbalanced structure at the workplace can cause frustration, dissatisfaction and unfair treatment. Often when a service or a team is at the receiving end of the majority of workload and investments, the internal structure of the company is at risk of collapsing should the service or the team not be able to deliver sustainability anymore. Additionally this behaviour also limits the successful development of further services and teams.
Most companies describe themselves and their ideal employees as hard players, dedicated workers and not afraid of going the extra mile. What this means in reality is that employees and employers are more and more expected to work overtime. Research shows that the productivity of a country, and per extension of a company, is naturally linked to the amount of worked hours: The lower the numbers of worked hours the more productive the country’s economy is. This is no surprise, as concentration, effective working patterns and overall productivity are known to decrease over time. But what this specifically means is that pushing your company to overwork to meet its targets is counterproductive and isn’t synonym of satisfaction for your clients.
High meeting rate.
Meetings can be a great place to share ideas and exchange hypothesis, or they can be a waste of time and a productivity drag. While a communication process is necessary to satisfy knowledge exchange and informed decisions, there are solutions around wasting too much precious time in too many meetings. Forbes highlighted that up to 50% of meetings are useless, leading to $37billion loss per year for the USA only. The researchers found that the more meetings employees attended, the more exhausted they felt and the higher they perceived their workload to be, causing stress and lack of productivity.
Loss of quality.
A key component of a company’s success is the ability of its employees to deliver a high quality output both for clients and for colleagues. A loss of quality in the output is often the sign of an internal cultural problem for the company and requires a fair and responsive solution. Interruptions only can cost employees up to 5 hours a day, leading to loss of concentration, motivation, productivity and quality of work. Other causes can include lack of training, unbalanced workload, stressful social relationships in the workplace, and also lack of satisfaction with the work environment.
Ineffective social measures.
Employee engagement is key to the sustainability of a company, and as such various strategies are developed to increase engagement. These can be along the lines of a Friday afternoon meeting at the pub, a company day out, prepaid weekends abroad for your employees, and many more. This type of events is not only expensive, it also does not always deliver the expected positive results. There are many reasons behind the lack of success; often employees who already feel they are working overtime without the recognition of their managers are less likely to respond positively to social engagement measures.
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