Common workplace issues

5 examples of common workplace issues

Common workplace issues faced by employees can vary. However, they all have one thing in common: they affect their psychological well-being and, therefore, the company’s productivity.

Indeed, there are many common workplace issues and we could classify them according to their causes, their effects, their level of severity, or the degree to which the employee is responsible or not for suffering them. 

Keep reading to find out 5 examples of common workplace issues that workers in any company may face. 

5 examples of common workplace issues that the company must avoid

1. Demotivation and boredom

It is not always necessary to look for the cause of problems at work in very critical or serious circumstances. Sometimes the source of psychological discomfort in the worker is that they are deeply bored performing their duties. When there is a bad adjustment of functions, tasks, and responsibilities, the worker may find themselves performing a tedious, repetitive, unchallenging, or undeveloped job, with the consequences that this has for their commitment to the company and their self-esteem. It can be, therefore, a good topic to identify and address during performance review interviews. 

Common workplace issues

2. Burnout and stress

A common workplace issue that is most detrimental to workers’ mental health is suffering a sustained situation of stress, due to work overload, or directly suffering a burnout syndrome (“burned out worker”) due to deep saturation and demotivation. This generates a great distortion in the worker’s commitment to the company and/or the task and is a great source of poor occupational health.

3. Impostor syndrome

Few things are as exhausting, even stressful, as sustaining a lie. Sometimes, when we work and fall into a position for which we are not quite sure we are qualified, or which we are not quite sure we are convinced but have no choice but to defend it, we fall into a kind of “impostor syndrome”. Rather than coherent workers, we look like actors playing a role we don’t quite believe in. The employee then lives in conflict with their identity, their vocation, and their career path. This enormous feeling of inadequacy ends up seriously damaging their mental well-being at work.  

4. Lack of team integration

Sometimes the workplace issues are to from the social side rather than from the task side. Many people experience a cold work environment that does not stimulate their sense of belonging to the company. They don’t necessarily have tension with their teammates, but they do have a lack of connection and complicity, or poor communication with them, which makes them view their team as non-cohesive or perceive themselves as isolated from the rest of the team. 

Common workplace issues

5. Bad working conditions

One of the work problems that cause the greatest discomfort to workers is the fact of having to work in poor conditions at different levels: material (computer, desk, chair, light, temperature, space), salary (poor salary concerning workload, qualification, or responsibility), schedule (messy, excessive, inefficient) or work-life balance (unsatisfactory feeling that the work aspect “absorbs”) all the others. Poor working conditions hinder optimal performance, hinder the employee’s commitment to the company, and are therefore a major obstacle to talent retention.

Emotional well-being for companies

Ifeel has created an emotional well-being program for companies, designed by its team of professional psychologists, which aims to help companies avoid the main work-related problems that worsen the psychological well-being of their employees. 

Thanks to this partnership, HR managers can receive personalized, data-driven advice on how to detect problems at work that may appear in your company and prevent them from becoming an obstacle to both the mental health of employees and the performance of the workforce.

Additionally, ifeel‘s emotional well-being program for companies offers employees a mental health care service structured at different levels according to their needs. They can access different mental health care tools with ifeel‘s app. They can also receive emotional support through a chat with one of the licensed psychologists on our platform. If additional help is needed, they can access the third level of the program: online psychological therapy with a psychologist who specializes in cases such as yours. 

We hope you found this post about common workplace issues interesting. If you want more information about our emotional well-being program for companies get in touch and we will contact your team as soon as possible. You may also be interested in this post about the advantages of using ifeel’s workplace mental health platform.

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