In every company, in addition to classic expenses including salaries, suppliers’ payment and maintenance expenses, there are countless losses due to the employees, in the management department and other departments within their jurisdiction.
- Increasingly less time for suggestions from managers towards subordinate. Due to the accelerated pace of the economic environment, managers allocate increasingly less time for suggestions to subordinate employees. Besides the frustrations that arise from employees, considering they are neglected or unable to carry out the tasks for which they obtained insufficient specifications, reduced time spent for suggestions prevents surpassing the threshold of strictly professional relationships. For this reason the work environment becomes cold, tense, stressful, toxic and not productive at all for the employees.
- Inefficient and insufficient supervision. The financial crisis felt worldwide has led to massive layoffs among employees, a fact that has led to destabilization of the company’s management. This phenomenon has resulted in inefficient and insufficient employee supervision. A manager who has a large team of subordinates can no longer provide the same degree of attention to each one of them. Inefficient supervision leads to working errors that can have a high impact on the company’s resources. Other negative effects caused by inefficient supervision are disagreements among employees, generatinga stressful and overwhelming working environment.
- Unclear managerial policy. The department manager must establish, permanently, new ways to set and achieve the objectives and to communicate it to the employees. Depending on the influence of the business environment, company policies may diverge from the established trajectory and reach the employees as unclear policies. When employees are facing unclear policies, their efficiency tends to decline because they do not know exactly what to do and where to go.
- Understaffed. Both the influence of the global crisis and the excessive focus towards profit, led to their operationalization with a smaller number of employees, for a larger volume of work. This has lead to work under the influence of stress, anxiety and to the obligation to finish a lot in a small window of time. These pressures have a direct impact on the productivity of employees and also on the company’s efficiency.
- Lack of employees motivation. . Insufficient wages, lack of interpersonal connections inside the company, the toxic working environment, characterized by the ascendant tone of voice from the boss towards certain employees (insults, screaming a.o.) as well as aggressive dialogue between employees, contribute to the loss of motivation and staff productivity.
- Personnel fluctuation. Depending on the activity field it can be an advantage or a disadvantage. In the judiciary field or in intelligence agencies, the fluctuation of staff is an advantage, because the individuals do not get to know each other well enough in order to create a monopoly. Among companies, staff fluctuation is a big drawback. This generates additional cost for personnel replacement, integration and motivation of the new employees. In addition, the integration of a new employee in a company can vary between 3 to 6 months; during this time, his productivity is not reaching maximum levels.
- Theft. It’s such a bad word and still a reality at the workplace, in a corporate environment and beyond. Depending on the type of company, you can meet more risks regarding the phenomenon of theft. The theft of products within commerce companies that have stocks, as well as the theft of information, extremely common in companies which provide services. In this case, employees can use information with closed circuit for personal interest. What also occurs is the copying databases with confidential information from customers. Employees also tend to followi certain courses inside the company or funded by it, and after their completion, resign and use the skills acquired in their own interest. These are just 2 exemples of informational prejudice.
In my next article I will reveal the best solutions that help you avoid these 7 common mistakes that affect employee productivity and substantially increase your company costs.