3 Reasons Employees Are Unhappy And What May Cause It


People become unhappy with their work situation for many reasons, far too many to address in a single blog post.

Certain signs begin to appear in the behavior of people when they become unhappy with their job. Here are three of the most common:

  1. The employee does just enough work to get by, and when questioned by their manager or employer they make excuses, very weak excuses, ones that they actually believe their employer will accept.
  2. They begin to disengage and give a cold shoulder to those they work with. They may become impatient and critical of others and possibly verbally snap at someone when they are asked a question.
  3. Their coworkers start to complain that something has to be done about their coworker’s attitude. They have had enough and want help to resolve the issue of working with someone who is making their daily work life difficult.

Based on my experience here are three of the most common reasons employees are unhappy with their workplace:

  1. They feel under appreciated. They work hard but it seems to go unnoticed. Even when an employee likes what they do they will leave a job because they do not feel appreciated by their employer.
  2. They are under paid for the job they are delivering. There really is nothing worse than working for less than you are worth. When you take a job make sure you know how raises are earned and how often they occur. If an employee knows what the expectations are to earn a higher pay they will be much happier as they work towards the goal.
  3. They have not received adequate training for their job position. Demands are made on them to deliver their share of the workload yet they are not sure exactly how to do it. Training is an ongoing investment that employers need to make to ensure that their employees are able to perform at a high level. Investing in employees is an investment in your business.

“Employees who believe that management is concerned about them, as a whole person, not just an employee, are more productive, more satisfied, more fulfilled. Satisfied employees mean satisfied customers, which leads to profitability.”

~Anne M. Mulcahy

Which ultimately leads to happy, satisfied employees and a great workplace!


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