If you’re in a management position and you notice that morale and motivation in the office are at an all-time low, you may be tempted to blame it on the “summertime slump” or general laziness. What you may not realize is that you’re actually the problem. The first step to getting employees back on your side and avoiding the bad boss label is acknowledging that you may be at fault for some of the issues in the workplace. That said, here are a few signs that your employees definitely can’t stand working with you.
1. They’re less engaged. When your staff likes you and feels appreciated, they’re more likely to do a better job. If they feel crappy about you or their job in general, they’re not going to necessarily jump at the chance to do anything beyond their day-to-day functions if they don’t have to.
2. They’re quiet. If all the playful banter and joking stops as soon as you enter the room, you can bet that your employees are uncomfortable with you hearing any of it or even just knowing that it’s happening. That may well be an issue with them as individuals and not necessarily with you, but it doesn’t bode well if your presence immediately puts everyone on edge.
3. You’re left out of staff social events. If everyone under your employ hits happy hour after work and leaves you in the dust at all times, chances are they’ve had their fill of you for the day already.
4. They’re calling out sick more often. If your workers need mental health days more than usual or seem to be getting physically ill often, it may well be because the stress of working with you is taking a toll on their well-being.