What Causes a Bad Attitude in Employees?

by Erin Schreiner; Updated September 26, 2017
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Bad attitudes that proliferate in the workplace can be a cancer of sorts, spreading among employees and transforming a happy workplace into one of excessive chagrin. Instead of accepting the presence of some negative personalities within your workplace and telling yourself that nothing can be done to overcome these attitudes, keep the likely causes of this unhappiness in mind and, in doing so, prepare yourself to better combat the potentially productivity-killing poor attitudes within your place of business.

Feeling Unappreciated

For many workers, bad attitudes arise when they feel unappreciated. If, despite your worker's efforts, you don't tell them often that you are grateful for all they do, you could lead them to feel unappreciated and, as a result, develop a negative attitude. Because you can make your workers feel appreciated by voicing your gratitude, this issue is one that is easy to overcome.

Poor Relationship Building

Happiness within the workplace often starts with the building of work relationships. If your workers don't act as a cohesive community, but instead as individual and largely unconnected workers, they may not have developed these healthy relationships. To correct this problem, arrange social gatherings for your workers or allow time during the day for them to build relationships, hosting lunches and similar social gatherings.

General Job Dislike

Despite the fact that your workers all chose to work for you, some may simply not like their jobs. While overcoming this challenge is decidedly more difficult than correcting some other issues that may exist, you can deal with this if you are committed. If you see a worker who seems highly discontented with his current position, don't ignore the issue but instead speak to him and make any modifications to his job that you can to make him happier with his job– including placing him in a new position.

Lack of Respect for Management

Some workers exhibit poor attitudes because they don't respect management. Handling this challenge requires changing the way you manage. If you attempt to lead by force, you may alienate some of your workers. Work to craft an environment of mutual respect and, in doing so, improving your relationships with your workers.

Burnout

For always-hard-working employees, burnout can create bad attitudes. If some of your workers appear to be nearing the brink of the workloads they can handle, make modifications to their workloads. By reallocating the work you must have completed, you can take some of the work off the shoulders of your overly burdened employees.

About the Author

Erin Schreiner is a freelance writer and teacher who holds a bachelor's degree from Bowling Green State University. She has been actively freelancing since 2008. Schreiner previously worked for a London-based freelance firm. Her work appears on eHow, Trails.com and RedEnvelope. She currently teaches writing to middle school students in Ohio and works on her writing craft regularly.

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