Don’t Ignore These Warning Signs of an Unhappy Employee

Happy employees are engaged in their work, productive and are much more likely to stick with their jobs over longer periods of time. Unhappy workers disengage from their work, struggle to maintain output and could be planning to leave your organization. The key to retaining good workers is to notice when they begin to demonstrate behavior that could indicate they are feeling unhappy in their work. When you know what to look for, you can intervene and take the necessary steps to re-engage them, before it’s too late.


A Sudden Satisfaction With the Bare Minimum

If a rock-star employee suddenly becomes satisfied with doing just enough work to meet your expectations, take it as a sign of disinterest in their work. In some cases, the employee may be struggling with another issue, but early intervention can help identify the cause of the change in effort and get that employee back on track.

An Obsession With the Clock

Everyone looks forward to their lunch break and the end of the workday, but clock-watchers obsess over time. They’ve got one foot out the door before they even settle in for the morning, and that can be a big indicator of disengagement. If you notice someone starting to mentally check out at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., it’s probably a sign they are unhappy with their job.

New Patterns of Isolation

If an employee typically has lunch with a group of friends or can be found chit-chatting with those friends on break, suddenly closes themself off; it’s a sign of unhappiness.  Teams chat and laugh throughout the day, and when someone purposefully distances themselves from the group, it could be mental preparation for quitting and moving on.

Lack of Cooperation

If a formerly cooperative employee suddenly becomes defensive and resistant when asked to take on tasks, they are probably experiencing some dissatisfaction with their position. They may be feeling unappreciated or be harboring deeper feelings of resentment. If you start getting pushback from someone who doesn’t normally make waves, talk to them to find the root cause of the issue.

You Hear Things Around the Office

Office gossip can be harmful, but scuttlebutt can often provide you with insight into what’s happening with your team. If you start to hear rumblings that an employee seems angry, disaffected or unwilling to cooperate with their team members, it might be worth investigating. Co-workers usually pick up on subtle changes far more quickly than management.


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