Bad morale is contagious. Once one person leaks negative energy, it can spread like wildfire. I’m sure we’ve all worked in teams at some point in our lives, where we’ve had that grouchy, groany person that tires you out even just being in their presence.
That’s why we’ve decided to write a list of tips in this “cranky co-worker day” special.
A selection of reasons why people get cranky:
- Not enough sleep
- Confidence shortfall
- Lack of excitement for the future
Luckily, this stereotypical energy sucker is becoming less prevalent in organisations. This might be because we have access to a broader job market meaning that we can be more selective about the roles we take. As well, technology has freed us from mundane tasks, so we spend more time on creativity and social interaction.
But how can we prevent the resurrection of the cranky co-worker?
- Performance displayed tangibly
Make information about performance available to employees, in a format that’s easy to understand and constantly accessible. Seeing performance is a great motivator, assuring anyone who doesn’t believe they make an impact, and brings accountability.
Just as we used to crave praise as children, we sometimes forget that recognition is essential in the workplace too. Following on from making performance data clear and accessible, achievements should be recognised – without having a patronising teacher-child feel. There are, of course, many ways to do this. In the case of financial compensation, it’s even as simple as making sure the correct commission amount they’re entitled to is on their paycheck – it shows that the organisation values their effort to strive for excellence.
There are so many skills to master in the modern age, increasingly important as job roles become more dynamic and cross-functional over time. A loss of confidence can equate to negative feelings, but having the opportunity to up-skill brings about feelings of self worth and personal progression.
- Encourage mindfulness
Mindfulness is the ability to be always aware of your surroundings, how you react and the consequences of your actions. It’s a trait highly successful people have in common.
Mindfulness is achieved by reminding ourselves that we are not on auto-pilot. One way to be mindful when working in a team is to treasure everyone’s individual skills – after we’ve uncovered those skills, of course.
- Collaborate often
Collaborating on tasks boosts social interaction and reduces isolation. Sharing the workload can alleviate stress, as well as make the other person feel positive about helping someone out.
Whilst we, at Skilo, can’t do much about people’s lack of sleep, we can certainly help boost confidence and bring about a cultural change in your organisation.
Skilo is a talent management platform for HR innovation, adaptable and therefore relevant to any organisation and industry.
Skilo facilitates HR processes such as mapping competency frameworks, manager-employee evaluation and feedback, enforcing skills development schedules and social collaboration.
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