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How to ensure your workplace is all the rage

Is your workplace happy and productive? Are staff appreciated, motivated and challenged and not feeling pressured or exploited? If the answers are ‘yes!’, here are six easy ways you can generate tension and anger among staff, create an unhappy workplace, and ultimately reduce productivity. Or not.

1

Overwork your staff

Overworking is a slippery slope, so encouraging it – or failing to discourage it – is an easy way to generate bad feeling in the workplace. You’ll soon find stress and tiredness increasing, leading to irritability, and bingo! You have highly strung staff who could snap at a moment’s notice

87% of employees admit to overworking, either by choice or necessity. The health risks involved in working long hours help contribute to negative morale and reduced productivity. The voluntary sector often relies on goodwill and voluntary action to stay on top of financial or operational challenges.

2

Use out-of-date systems and procedures

Your organisation may be changing and evolving but that doesn’t mean the systems and procedures that support your charity have to keep up! Let things carry on as they were and before you know it, the simplest tasks will take forever – a rich source of staff frustration.

Not reviewing processes and looking for the best solutions for your organisation as you grow or change will create errors, poor motivation and employee retention.

3

Ignore the complainers

If you’re too busy to really put the time into fomenting workplace rage, those people who love to complain will do the work for you! No matter how good things get, all they see are the negatives. All you have to do is make sure their complaints are never addressed, then sit back and watch the bad vibes spread to the whole office.

While criticism isn’t necessarily a bad thing, unreasonable complaining leads to negativity, reduced productivity and the ire of co-workers. Effective regular reviews and appraisals can help you manage this.

4

Be a tyrant

Bad managers make for unhappy staff, so make sure yours feel unappreciated, unrecognised and taken advantage of. It’s all about finding your ‘inner bully’.

Keeping staff committed and tethered to a charities ‘mission’ is fundamental. The number one reason for people leaving their jobs is that they don’t feel appreciated, so this is a major cause of workplace anger and frustration.  

5

Mismanage payroll

While you may get angry over those misinformed stories about the top earners in charities, most voluntary sector workers are more concerned about their own pay. Repeated delays and mismanagement of pay are among the primary sources of workplace anger. Employees believe that they should be promptly and accurately paid for the work they do, so failure to achieve this most fundamental of business agreements is guaranteed to infuriate them.

Make sure your payroll is properly and effectively managed. If you are struggling with effective payroll, consider outsourcing your payroll instead.

6

Make bad cups of tea

Sorry, we went too far with this one. If you can’t make a good cup of tea, you are basically a monster.

UK workers drink 41m cups of tea a year, and 33% say they feel more productive after a tea break. Encouraging staff to take breaks – whether they come with a decent cup of tea or not – can have a positive effect on workplace morale.

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