Smart employers know that happy workers perform better and stick around longer than workers who are miserable. You're probably trying to create a supportive, collaborative work environment, but are you doing everything you can to address the things that matter most to your team?
According to data from recently released reports and studies, here are three workplace problems that companies should solve to improve employee satisfaction and productivity.
Minorities in tech face workplace bias
Despite the increased focus on diversity at many modern companies, minority groups are still feeling the effects of discrimination. Black Enterprise reported that 40 percent of minority engineers in the tech industry say they've faced bias in the workplace. Conducted by diversity recruitment platform Jopwell, the survey revealed that black, Latino/Hispanic and Native American tech workers have experienced bias based on their race (69 percent), gender (16 percent) and sexuality (11 percent). Additionally, 70 percent said their company could be doing more to promote multicultural understanding. Learn more about strategies for increasing workplace diversity here.
IT problems are costing workers valuable time
There are a lot of factors that can contribute to reduced productivity, but they're not always your employees' fault: A Robert Half survey found that workers lose an average of 22 minutes per workday due to technology and IT-related issues, with 17 percent losing 30 minutes or more. This translates to more than two full work weeks per year. Robert Half advised placing a high priority on IT hiring, and encouraging employees and help desk professionals to proactively communicate about any tech problems.
Companies are failing to recognize employee efforts
Everyone wants to be recognized for a job well done. The majority of employees say they feel happier and more engaged at work when their company acknowledges their efforts, according to Globoforce's WorkHuman Research Institute. But the survey found that 40 percent of employees have not been recognized in any way in the past year. Experts agree that workplace engagement plays a huge role in retention and productivity, so it's in your best interest to make sure your employees feel appreciated. Here are a few creative ways to do that.