5 reasons people dread going to work and what can be done to help

We know many people don’t like their jobs – a fact that should concern employers when retaining talent is often intrinsically linked with business success.

Here we look at 5 reasons why people dread going to work as well as some possible measures to help alleviate feelings of dread your employees may be feeling.

5. The commute

Ok, so in many cases you can’t move the office closer. But, you can look at introducing flexible working. Of course not everyone is able to work from home.

If your business is able to let employees work form home one or two days a week, then why not give it a go.

In fact according to a recent OWL Labs survey over 2/3 of US workers surveyed worked remotely at sometime during their working week.

It is increasingly prevalent and can benefit the environment (a hot topic right now) with fewer people driving to work. Not to mention that it helps improve employee wellbeing and engagement.

4. Systems

Systems and processes can be the bane of many people’s lives. They may be outdated, slow, confusing or a mix of all three.

If you have to contend with a myriad of complex systems that don’t always do want you want them to do on a daily basis, it’s understandable that your employees may feel disengaged.

Processes such as logging leave requests or performance reviews can be made so much easier when you use systems like SAP SuccessFactors. This can automate processes as well as providing valuable data that HR can use to help inform the business.

3. Office politics

Every office and company has politics, it’s the nature of the beast. By office politics we mean how people act towards one another, be it talking behind one another’s back or ‘game playing’ to get ahead.

Managing this can be difficult. However, there are a number of ways to try and stop politics getting in the way of work. Having a strong culture, where everyone feels comfortable and welcome can be a good start.

However, people will be people and no matter how hard you try certain cliques will no doubt develop in any environment. The key is to make sure that the overarching company culture prevails.

By communicating the company culture you can ensure that people understand what’s expected of them. This can go some way to reduce the amount of politics in the office.

2. The job itself

Simple really. Many employees just don’t like the job itself. Be it that the job is unfulfilling or there is a lack of career progression, factors like this often make people resent going to work.

As an employer, ensuring job descriptions are correct when hiring can help ensure that employees know what they are letting themselves in for.

For some the lack of career progression can be a demotivating factor. Having transparency on where an employee can potentially progress to can be a boost.

Setting clear targets can make employees can feel more engaged. By doing so they can see the direction and milestones they need to hit to progress in their careers. This can make an unfulfilling job more palatable if they can see that there is light at the end of the tunnel.

Naturally, not every job has a clear career path, but giving your employees opportunities to train or do placements elsewhere in the business can help to improve engagement.

1. Line managers

It’s vitally important the people managers you have in place have the correct skills to manage people. Everyone has experienced a bad manager at some stage of their career. People management is an art form and what works for one manager and employee may not for another.

Offering training and support for people managers can help to ensure that they are effectively managing their teams. Using an HCM system like SuccessFactors or Workday means this can be part of an ongoing continuous improvement cycle.

Although this has been a whistle-stop overview of why some people don’t like their jobs. Hopefully some of the hints and tips we’ve included can be applied in your business.