The first days of getting into a new job are usually happy, and most employees genuinely look forward to giving their best. But the things that happen or fail to happen during the course of employment can work against the employee’s expectations resulting in unhappy and disengaged employees. 

Disengaged and unhappy employees will not give their best at work, which could affect your profits. Fortunately, the steps listed below can help turn the situation around. 

Better Remuneration

According to a study sponsored by leading payroll software providers, 70% of the respondents said that a low salary is the main reason they would consider leaving a job. 

But you do not have to pay over-the-top salaries to keep your employees. The best remuneration approach is looking at the market rate for similar positions and trying to match their salaries or at least get as close to the rates as possible. 

Offering your top talent below-market-rate salaries means it is only a matter of time before they find an employer willing to give them the remuneration they desire and leave your company.


When your employees join your organization, they expect to advance in their careers with time. Employees who stay on one level for years feel demoralized and will not offer their best. 

One mistake employers make is getting talent from outside to fill leadership positions, leaving their existing employees in the same positions they began. The best approach is to consider your existing employees for promotion and provide training where needed. Developing a culture of promoting your employees will encourage them to work even harder as they wait for a better upcoming position. 

Celebrate Top Performers

Many employers have the habit of chastising employees for mistakes and never appreciating good performance, which can leave employees feeling unappreciated and unhappy

Kind words of appreciation can help your employees feel their efforts are worthwhile. The best way of showing appreciation for good performance is to celebrate them in the presence of other employees. 

Different employees have different abilities and responsibilities. When choosing who to celebrate, it is best to focus on a person’s strengths and responsibilities. 

For example, you can celebrate the past sales personnel this month and the messenger the following week. You may also look for different traits to celebrate so everyone gets their day of celebration, which is a great morale booster.

Create an Environment of Celebrating One Another

Your motivation and celebration may not be enough, and it may take time before you get the chance to celebrate every employee, especially if you have a big company. But you can build a culture of celebrating each other at the workplace

The best approach is to ask your employees to nominate fellow employees for appreciation and have everyone celebrate the one who gets the most nominations. It doesn’t have to be competitive all the time. 

A little “thank you” or “you are so kind” between employees can be an excellent way of having fellow employees motivate each other and increase engagement. You can learn more at Mo about how to celebrate employees and how they can also participate in making a difference.

Allow Flexible Working Hours

The age of 9-5 jobs is over, and employees are looking for opportunities that allow them a better work-life balance. Whenever possible, you can allow your employees to work remotely long as they meet targets. 

Also, you can have them work at hours they feel most productive so they can give the best to their work while not neglecting other things that matter in their lives, like being available when their families need them. If working from home all the time is not something you would want, you could adopt a hybrid approach where they can sometimes come to the office for a few hours and work from home. 

If remote working is not an option, allow your employees to choose the hours they want to work in any given week and consider their preferences when assigning duties.