Putting pressure on employees is a common management tactic to increase productivity. However, if practiced long-term, it typically results in decreased engagement and output. This can create a toxic work environment, leading to greater turnover. As an HR professional, you can take action to implement change.
Here are five signs your managers are pushing staff too hard and what you can do about it.
1. Long Hours
Employees should not be expected to consistently come in early and stay late, be at the office on their days off, or participate in meetings that do not affect them. Having to work additional hours for an extended period typically causes stress and frustration. This can result in reduced engagement and output. Make sure managers set realistic expectations for their team and provide the necessary support to perform the work. This may include the resources, structure, and check-in times to reach their goals. The ability to work flexible hours or remotely also may improve productivity and lower stress levels.
2. Increasing Absenteeism
If more employees are calling in sick, they may be experiencing high levels of work-related stress. This can affect their physical and mental wellness. Being pushed too hard with little time to recover can lead to long-term health problems. Have managers encourage staff not to check their email during evenings or weekends or stay up late working. Also, remind employees to engage in relaxing activities like yoga, meditation, or reading to lower their stress level. Plus, emphasize the importance of taking breaks throughout the day, including an hour for lunch.
3. Lack of Team Effort
Staff need a sense of community to feel connected and motivated at work. If they are pushed too hard, they are likely to stop trying. Employees may be expected to do too much with too little. Encourage managers to create a safe, supportive environment so their teams feel more connected to them. Staff is likely to perform at a higher level and experience less stress when they feel attached to their leader.
4. Increased Turnover
A significant rise in employee turnover can result from an unhealthy work environment. If staff consistently is expected to work more than 50 hours per week, they are unlikely to have time for their personal needs. As a result, employees may find jobs elsewhere.
5. Negative Employer Reviews
If turnover is high, check online for company reviews. Former employees may be posting about similar problems that caused them to leave the organization. One of the issues may involve management. Be sure to talk with the people involved and work to resolve the problem.
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