It’s important to recognise a drop in your staff’s mood. While a moody day is to be expected from time to time, if it lasts longer than usual, there could be serious consequences. Your staff may stop showing up on time, and you might even find some of your most loyal employees leaving for another job. To ensure that doesn’t happen, here’s how to notice a drop in your staff’s mood and what you can do about it.

No Desire for Development

If none or few of your staff seem interested in developing any further within the business, it could be a sign that something is wrong, especially if they are usually more ambitious. It might simply be a case of no real opportunities available, and in that case, consider offering new training opportunities with Skills Training Group. Otherwise, consider that there may be an underlying reason for the lack of ambition.

Frequent Lateness

Some people are frequently late and that’s just who they are. If you notice that a bunch of your staff keep on showing up late, though, then it could be a sign that they’re much less enthusiastic about coming to work each day. There’s usually a reason for this, so try talking to the employees who are showing up late to try and get to the bottom of it.

High Staff Turnover

One of the most obvious signs that the staff mood is below average is a high turnover rate. If you are struggling to keep a member of staff for more than a couple of months, then there is something wrong and you need to look at how you run the business as a whole. There could be a simple solution, such as a better-organized rota or hiring an extra manager.

A Lack of Communication

If you struggle to communicate with your staff and you notice a lack of communication between teams, the mood is probably less than perfect. To try and turn it around, try new ways of communicating. If you usually try to get people to open up during group meetings, for example, try one-on-one meetings instead.

The Bare Minimum

No leader wants to watch their team put in the bare minimum day in and day out. There could be multiple reasons for this, but the chances are there is a definite drop in the overall mood of the workplace. Try speaking to some individuals about why their efforts have dropped, and you can then consider making some changes.

What Can You Do About It?

The first step is identifying that the workplace mood is negative. From there, you need to understand why and how to make a change. Communication is essential here. Speak to staff and openly ask for feedback, and you may get some ideas on how to improve the work environment.

As a business owner, manager, or team leader, it is up to you to create a pleasant atmosphere. By quickly identifying a sour work mood, you’ll have an easier time fixing it.

By Lisa Baker, Senior Editor

Senior Editor Lisa Baker is the owner of Need to See it Publishing Group, providing contract news for business and news sites across the UK. Lisa is an experienced HR writer and commentator, editing HR publications for more than 5 years.