A few years ago, Towers Perrin (now Towers Watson) and researchers Gang & Gang interviewed employees and discovered the five main causes of employee negativity. A number of these are factors that come up repeatedly when readers talk about why their bosses are bad. Nip these in the bud to discourage a negative workplace:
• An excessive workload;
• Concerns about management's ability to lead the company forward successfully;
• Anxiety about the future, particular longer-term job, income and retirement security;
• Lack of challenge in their work, with boredom intensifying existing frustration about workload; and
• Insufficient recognition for the level of contribution and effort provided, and concerns that pay isn't commensurate with performance.