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Why Employees Who Mask Their Unhappiness Are Lethal
Posted by Insightlink on 11/21/16
"An organization pays a heavy price when its bright, capable people quit and leave. But it’s even more costly when bright, capable people quit and stay.” — Rodger Dean Duncan
One of the overwhelming challenges of being in HR is being held accountable for maximizing retention and reducing turnover. A great deal of effort and energy gets spent making sure employees don’t quit but there are many times when they do despite it all. Feelings of abandonment might echo the halls of HR when it happens but there are other ways unhappy employees process their environments that are not so obvious but maybe more lethal.
There are three basic tactics or coping mechanisms employees use when they are unhappy with their jobs:
Here at Insightlink we call these employees Dissatisfied Compromisers. Based on our annual Employee Benchmark study, Dissatisfied Compromisers make up more than one quarter of all U.S. employees, a substantial and alarming proportion.
Not only do Dissatisfied Compromisers account for one-in-four employees but their ratings are understandably lower on all key measures of Commitment, Culture, Communications and Compensation, the 4Cs that define Insightlink's model of employee engagement.
Dissatisfied Compromisers are especially low in perceptions of morale, including their own sense of morale. Here is a quote from a recent study:
"There are people within our own department who cast a negative pall over much of what we do. Add to that my perception that the organization as a whole is STILL -- despite all claims to the contrary -- highly reactive, rather than proactive, in far too many instances. It's extremely difficult to be upbeat in an atmosphere that seems driven, in large part, by fear and plagued with finger-pointing."
The impact of the Dissatisfied Compromisers dynamic on organizations is considerable. When dissatisfied employees stay they are often unable or unwilling to pull their weight, which usually further impacts morale because their co-workers are resentful at having to pick up the slack.Very often they complain loudly and come to be known as squeaky wheels. If management doesn't address the problem, dissatisfaction will spread to other employees, causing productivity and performance to be compromised. Over long periods of time the impact on an organization can be lethal and extremely toxic.
Finding out how many of these employees work in your organization can be a highly effective strategy for improving morale, productivity and managing retention. An Insightlink 4Cs employee engagement study will not only tell you how many of your employees are Dissatisfied Compromisers but will also give you clear direction on action to take to address their dissatisfaction. By implementing a strategic action plan based on your 4Cs results, you can make a substantial increase in overall job satisfaction and shift some of them into becoming your most loyal advocates and ambassadors.
If you are ready to see what's happening and are set to move forward on a meaningful path to improving your organization, please let us know. You can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, call Lynn Gore at 866-802-8095 ext. 705 for more information and/or a quote or visit our website to learn more about how we can help.
Cheers to happy employees!
AboutInsightlink Communications are experts in employee survey design, data collection and analysis. Since 2001 we've helped companies of all sizes measure and improve their employee satisfaction and engagement.
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