Our work environment affects our happiness, productivity, and success. Through my experiences and discussions with colleagues, I understand how different workplaces can affect you positively and negatively.
I hope this article will help you consider whether the environment you’re in or want to enter is the best fit for you.
If you’ve been contemplating whether you are in the right place or not, I have some key points to share with you.
Here are some problems you may face at work and how to overcome them:
1. Low Employee Retention
If you’ve done research on an organization and as you enter, you realize that most employees are new, that can affect how you fit in the workplace. At times, for certain start-up environments, the case of low employee retention is prevalent.
The structure in a start-up environment is different. Therefore, when you make the decision to enter an organization where the employees are relatively new, you have to consider what your main goals are and what you hope to bring in and achieve in the company.
It’s best for you to take this into consideration before you make a decision. You should be prepared for how you can fit into the role and the organization.
Other times, an organization might have low employee retention due to the work environment.
In the past at a job I worked for, I noticed that a majority of employees were new. I remember a co-worker told me that there’s a “revolving door” in the organization. As the months rolled by, I understood why.
There was a lot of negativity in the office.
Through discussion with my colleagues, I found out that most like myself were unhappy and also seeking a different employment. After I left that work environment, I got to later find out that a majority of the people I worked with were no longer there. They found new opportunities.
If you’re about to take a new job, I suggest you ask in a subtle way about the duration of stay for the employee who was in the role you want to take. Or you can ask about how long other employees have been with the company.
2. Lack of free speech/ expression of ideas
One of my favorite work environments was when I was an intern at the university. I had the opportunity to work as an editorial intern for a magazine.
What I enjoyed about the internship was my boss. She created a very open environment where I was encouraged to present my ideas and actively participate. Due to the fact that I could feel that my superior was encouraging and wanted me to progress, I was able to accomplish quite a lot.
Now, I’ve been in other environments where I could tell that the structure was rigid. You don’t feel open to discuss your ideas and your superiors show no interest in your growth or progress.
Though one can still thrive in such an environment, I don’t necessarily believe that it helps you to be very productive. You also won’t be able to feel content in your workplace because there’s no good rapport with those you work with.
However, if you notice such issues in an environment where you want to advance in, a way to fix such issues would be speaking up.
You will have to make an effort to express your ideas and opinion. This matters because unless somethings are spoken out, not everyone will be able to pick up on whether there is a problem or issue to be addressed.
3. Constant Tension in the Office
In any workplace, there are going to be days where you might feel some pressure. Pressure in the workplace is normal because different situations arise and demands have to be met. However, if you’re in a workplace that there is constant tension among co-workers, that is not a good sign. I was in a work environment where through meetings, I could always sense and see the bickering from disgruntled staff.
Human Resources had to arrange a meeting and numerous co-workers expressed their dissatisfaction.
If you are feeling a constant tension in your workplace, it would be best to bring it up to your superior or take it to the Human Resources department.
The HR professionals often address the issues of how the management and staff communicate. They can advise you and co-workers on how to resolve issues.
4. You Always Leave Work Feeling Emotionally Drained
Yes, work is just a part of our lives. I’m aware that you can’t seek to find complete happiness at work. But if you always feel terribly sad at the thought of going to work and if it drains you, that’s a big issue.
I remember a co-worker told me about her experience of being deeply unhappy at the job. She said she would spend her mornings crying because she knew she had to go to work.
After work, she said she could not stop complaining to family members and friends about the workplace.
Her negative work environment was seeping into her personal life because that’s all she could think about. Fortunately, this co-worker/ my friend obtained a new job. Not only does she say she is much happier, I can see it through her demeanor and through the conversation.
If most days at work are making you negative, you have to consider why? Be able to question why you are feeling negative about your work environment. If it has to do with the specific work, communicate with your superior a challenge you might be encountering.
They could provide you with some resources to make things efficient. If the negative emotions are due to the people around, also be open to communicate that with a mentor or your HR. They could best advise you on how to move forward.
However, If most days at work are causing you depression, you have to consider if that’s the right environment for you?
Have you had an experience with problems in the workplace? What were the signs, and how did you rectify such issues?
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