There are plenty of reasons why someone would hate their job. Bad work environment and conditions, unable to fit into company culture, demanding work hours, lack of flexibility and so on. However, even in the ideal work conditions there can be issues that can lead to employee dissatisfaction. In most cases, mundane and repetitive tasks that employees hate doing can become a major problem for an entire company. Not only can those tasks aggravate employees, but that can also have a negative impact on productivity, morale and overall employee performance.
What's more, all those tasks are necessary to complete and making your employees complete them doesn't make you a bad boss. But, the approach on how those tasks are conducted can mean the difference between just another task that's a part of a job and a major issue that throws employees off balance. You can't meet everyone's needs and there will always be someone who isn't satisfied. But there are things you can manage in order to reduce the stress levels of your employees. Therefore, here are a few tasks that your employees hate doing.
Meetings are very important for any workplace. Employees get the chance to share ideas, devise strategies and create plans for upcoming projects. Meetings can be very productive and even help employees improve their performance. However, frequent meetings, especially unannounced ones, can be counterproductive. Interrupting employees to hold meetings can easily ruin their entire day.
This practice can eventually lead to employees hating the fact that they'll have to attend a meeting when it's not convenient for them. When your workers are focused on the task at hand, it's quite difficult for them to be productive after they've been unexpectedly interrupted. That's why it's better to schedule meetings accordingly and announce them so that employees are notified in advance. That way, you won't disturb them when they're in the middle of important work or make them hate a task that can be quite beneficial.
One of the tasks that can make any employee hate their job is reporting. It's only natural that upper management wants to know how employees are doing and their progress on the project. However, making employees craft those reports can be very annoying. Your workers have to set time aside to write a report and deliver it to managers for revision.
Writing detailed reports takes time, and that time can be spent on doing something more important or productive for that matter. Instead of making your employees do this repetitive task time and time again, you can leverage technology to make the entire process more seamless. A simple KPI dashboard can automate the process, allowing employees to focus on other things and save a lot of time and patience on regular reports.
Every now and then, business operations fall behind which leads to the manager asking employees to take on additional responsibilities. Good employees can easily adapt and create ways to overcome various difficulties and challenges, but that doesn't mean that they'll always appreciate extra workload. This is especially true if you assign responsibilities to employees that are not so experienced in a particular field.
Asking employees to help out every once in a while is actually beneficial. The main reason is that it adds a certain dose of workplace diversity to the environment. However, permanently assigning new responsibilities to employees can lead to burnouts and dissatisfaction in the workplace. Simply put, it shows that you have a management issue that you can't handle on your own and must overwork your employees instead.
Similar to adding new responsibilities, adding more work to employees that will make them stay longer at work is something every employee will eventually begin to hate. When there's an emergency, employees will be happy to stay longer to help out, but making a habit of forcing them to work extra hours will not only make workers hate that task, but they'll also consider quitting the job.
Even paying employees sufficiently for overtime won't make them hate it any less. After all, employees are more considered about work-life balance than with salaries. Moreover, repeated overtime obligations will not only make employees hate those tasks, but they will also consider you a bad manager who overworks their employees and doesn't care about their overall well-being.
As mentioned before, you can't ensure that every employee is equally satisfied, but you can improve the overall productivity of your workforce by making the hated tasks easier and more seamless to complete. That way, you'll help employees save time and effort, as well as help them become more efficient at work.Back to Small Business blogs
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