How do you deal with unhappy employees? Any advice appreciated

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The best way is to address why they are unhappy. Are they overworked? Underpaid? Not appreciated?

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Well are you being the leader they need? Support when it's needed? Checking in? That goes a long way. Are they under compensated? Overworked? Times have changed people are not going to deal with what they used to pre covid. Are you adjusting your management style along with the times?

Rather than "dealing", it would be good to dig deeper. If you don't attack the root of the problem (overwork, low wages, exploitation...) it will become a major inconvenience for you and the whole company.

The most direct way to improve morale is with bonuses, but if you want to go beyond that, I recommend you invite your employees to lunch, release some stress and turn the place into a perfect place to work.

The biggest question is why they are unhappy. Sometimes it's not what you might expect at first... if you ask someone it is likely they will just give you a pat answer because people ask "what's wrong" all the time but aren't really interested in learning how the person is feeling. My secret weapon (if you can call it that) is touching base with them several times a day so that I can get to know them a bit more. If you take the time, most people will open up even when they might seem standoffish at first.

Talk to your team and be willing to hear them out. You're probably making some mistakes, and you have to be ready to accept them and adjust accordingly.

You can probably try some band-aid solutions like giving them a bonus or some token of appreciation but if there's deep-set discontent among the ranks there's probably some core need that is not being met. Drop the ego, talk to your people, and be the leader you're supposed to be for them

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