An Unseen Culprit Draining Workplace Morale
Do you dread going to work? Given a myriad of research findings in low employee engagement, disenchantment with pay for underperforming executives, even absence of employee passion for their work, it’s not hard to conclude employees dread their workplace.
Dread is an unseen culprit draining workplace morale.
What a disturbing sight: an army of talented, bright employees arriving to work dreading the day’s activities. Even managers who focus on profit before people must be rattled: employees’ productivity takes a hit before the work day begins.
Psychologist and neuroscientist, Tali Sharot explains that we become anxious when we anticipate something coming that we dread. It’s not surprising that the anticipation of something dreadful has a negative affect on our health.*
Extrapolate out the affects of dread. Think about the impact on employee turnover. What about happiness? Productivity? Though I’ve not researched it, I wonder what the relationship between dread and engagement or passion might be?
As managers, we’ve got to be vigilant about this. Creating a great work environment is on our watch. As managers we have the greatest influence on employees’ work environment. If employees dread coming to work over things we can influence, then it’s our responsibility to resolve the breakdown.
*(If you find this topic of dread interesting then read Sharot’s book, The Optimism Bias. A fascinating book filled with terrific examples on how our brain is wired for optimism, or not.)
Art by Tyler