How to Spot Unhappy Employees
According to FM World magazine, mental health issues accounted for 15.8 million lost days last year (11.5%). Mental ill health affects 1 in 4 people in the UK, with common conditions including anxiety, depression, stress and eating disorders.
There are a number of signs that point to mental ill health at work. When monitoring an employee, make sure to look out for the following traits:
- A dip in their usual level of performance, e.g. increased errors, missing deadlines and forgetfulness
- A formerly punctual employee becoming regularly late
- Increased absence due to illness
- Taking on excessive amounts of work and leaving the office late
- Being fixated with fair treatment and often using grievance procedures
It is also important to look for any emotional or physical changes in your staff that may suggest mental health issues. Emotional changes may be irritability, tearfulness or lack of confidence. Physical changes may be extreme weight loss/gain, or a lack of care over appearance.
The Survey Also Revealed Design Preferences
According to the research, 59% of employees feel that working from home improves workplace happiness. ‘Office at home’ was the most popular setup, earning an average 4.0/5 rating. In comparison, the cubicle design was rated 3.9, traditional (many/several rooms) got 3.8, while open plan came last with 3.6.
While this may be the case, it’s not always possible to achieve a regular office-home balance. For example, a colleague may be running a team or regularly meeting clients in the office, so therefore their presence is essential.
As a compromise, many businesses are seeking the help of interior designers to bring in a residential look. As we mentioned in our Design Trends 2017 blog, the ‘Home Office’ style office design is becoming more popular due to its emphasis on comfort.
Rap Tip: For a really homely feel introduce sleeping pods, sofas and a kitchen area. These are important elements of the ‘Home Office’ design, and are great for re-energising your employees.