How bosses can help reduce employees’ bad days

Bad days at work are bound to happen, but there is something managers can do to ensure they occur less often. Your employees will thank you—and possibly work a little harder.

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When was the last time you had a bad day at work?

A recent survey by the Danish firm Woohoo posed that question to employees worldwide. The survey defined a bad day as:

A day where [sic] you feel lousy on the job. You’re unhappy at work, and when you come home, you definitely don’t feel like having more of those days.

Because bad days are influenced by numerous factors both related and unrelated to the workplace, it’s not surprising that nearly all of us have had them. Only 8 percent of employees claim to never, or almost never, have experienced such a day.

Of the many factors that influence our workdays, which have the greatest effect?

What makes for a bad day at work?

Here are the top responses to the question, “Which workplace factors played a role in your most recent bad day at work?”

I’m not surprised by any of these factors.

The solution is to recognize great work. The ROI of reducing employees’ bad days is significant.

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