One of the strongest indicators of a business being successful is the attitude of its employees. Bad attitudes are contagious. They can easily spread from one employee to another until a company has a bad attitude epidemic. It is possible for a company to improve negative attitudes held by some employees. There are certain things that can be done to encourage positive attitudes and eliminate bad ones.
According to an article in the Small Business Chronicle, “Poor employee attitudes can derail your business efforts. This makes the managing of employee attitudes a critical management function.”
There are certain behaviors that indicate a bad attitude. An employee hoards work instead of working with others. When they speak in a meeting, other employees don’t respond. An employee is always dismissing the work of others or criticizing the results. They view work as a competition with the other employees. Peers don’t want to work with a particular employee and more.
It is important for a company to find ways for its employees to work as a team. This could involve having a company-wide goal, such as to improve production. It could also involve opportunities to provide input for changes in the workplace and more. Once employees identify themselves as part of the company, they will feel more a part of the team. They need to feel like a valued member of the business. Someone who is making important contributions to a company’s goals.
It’s important for employees to be more involved with the daily activities of a company. Ask an employee if they would like to manage a meeting. Request input on a possible employee contest. Develop a list of duties and responsibilities, then ask employees to volunteer to help. Some companies will hold surveys to discover what would make their employees feel more involved with the company. It’s important the atmosphere in a business encourage workers to provide honest opinions.
When an employee has a bad attitude, there is a reason. Once an employee with a bad attitude has been identified, a company needs to speak with them in private. It’s important that a company’s concerns be expressed to the employee in a non-threatening way. Once the source of the problem has been discovered, a company can then create a strategy to resolve any issues. In many cases, if there are issues affecting one employee, they are probably influencing others.
It is important for a business to show appreciation for the hard work of their employees. Attitudes can improve dramatically with an employee feels appreciated and receives honest praise for their work. It’s important that workers be recognized for all the good things they do within a company. Many businesses have employee appreciation days and more.
It’s important that a company plan fun activities for staff and management. This could involve everything from forming a bowling league, to best decorated cubicle contest, matching management with their baby picture and more. A business needs to provide activities that create a fun work environment. It’s important any feelings of management against labor be eliminated.
Lead By Example
It’s important a company’s management team display a positive attitude. When employees see members of management with negative attitudes, it will be adopted by the staff. Members of management must remain positive, especially when it comes to solving problems. Their positive attitudes will set the tone for the prevailing attitudes in the company’s workplace.