Compensation Cafe: Top 5 Reasons for Bad Days at Work

by Derek Irvine

Compensation Cafe logoRecognize This! — Bad days at work are inevitable, but can be reduced and impact lessened through support, recognition and positivity.

In my Compensation Cafe post earlier this week, I shared the results of a global employee survey conducted by Woohoo, Inc., on bad days a work – what causes them, who experiences them more, what can be done about it and why we should care.

Here are the top answers in response to the question, “The last time you had a bad day at work, which factors in the workplace made it bad?”

  1. A lack of help and support from my boss (40%)
  2. Negative coworkers (39%)
  3. Lack of praise or recognition for the work I do (37%)
  4. Uncertainty about the workplace’s vision and strategy (37%)
  5. Busyness / high work load (36%)

I’m not surprised by any of these statements, and we can’t ignore the impact of these sentiments. As I say in my post on Compensation Cafe:

“The ROI factor involved in reducing the number of “bad days” experienced by employees is not insignificant. Simply by helping employees balance their workload and recognizing them when their efforts contribute to achieving the company strategy and vision, bosses convey their support and help employees see the positive and important impact they have on organization success. Better yet, enable all employees to recognize and appreciate those they see doing great work. The act of recognition has as much positive impact on the giver as on the receiver and is a tremendous influence to overcome persistent negativity.”

I encourage you to read my full summary post as well as the full survey results from Woohoo.

Derek Irvine

About Derek Irvine

The VP of Client Strategy and Consulting at Globoforce, Derek Irvine is one of the world’s foremost experts on employee recognition and engagement, helping business leaders set a higher vision and ambition for their organizations. As a renowned speaker and co-author of "The Power of Thanks" and "Winning with a Culture of Recognition," he teaches companies how to use recognition to proactively manage company culture. Derek holds a B.Comm and Masters of Business Studies from the Smurfit Graduate Business School at University College Dublin.

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