The office is a place which should be peaceful. In the first place, it is a place to work. That is why there should be peace and order so that working and thinking minds will not be disturbed. However, some offices have become as noisy as the street or disorderly as the marketplace. Why do some employees spark loud and long talking? Why do they turn on the volume of their music higher and engage in playing practical jokes? Here are some answers that some employees know, but their employers do not.
First, these people are not busy. They have no work to do. If they do have, it is very minimal that it is almost the same as they have nothing to do to keep them busy. Thus, they have time to chatter, roam and engage in discussions regarding matters not relating to work nor even at least related to it. On the other hand, if they have goals to work towards, they will be busy. They will not have the time, energy and care to hunt for trivial gossips. Their efforts will be focused on work and achieving their goal
And because they have very little to do or none at all, it is fine with them because nobody checks on them and the work they do. In the former case, they would not even care if they perform the less work required of them because no one asks for an account of the accomplishment of the said minimal work required. Some office-mates will even go the distance of thinking of what useless activities to do because they are not busy with work as nobody checks on them.
No Disciplinary Action
Lastly, some employees will continue to do idle talk, loiter in the office and think of what other activities to initiate like organizing an on the spot potluck meal because nobody disrupts their behavior. Yes, immediate superiors might be around, but if they do not care how their subordinates — their responsibility supposedly — behave, nothing will happen. Nothing will improve. No work will be done. The causes of this would be the lack of leadership qualities in immediate superiors or that they are also doing non-work related activities themselves. It is possible that they know that some employees may have also observed their behavior unbecoming of a superior and would not discipline their subordinates for the fear that they will strike back at him or her.
Higher management, employer’s or company owners should know what really is the condition of the employees or the departments they are in. These people in the higher management bracket should check department heads and their subordinates both as a unit and separately. This is a form of check and balance. An internal control. And it does not stop at this. This is only a step in a long process.
As mentioned, higher management need to check up on department heads. They also need to directly check up on employees in the lowest line of the organizational hierarchy. There are instances when managers, supervisors or leaders of the department cover up the shortcomings of the employees under them. There are different reasons behind this. The immediate superior may want to cover up his or her subordinates while they are working for improvement. On the other hand, some might do so that the employer will not know the problems and they can avoid doing some more work or doing the work they are supposed to do in the first place. This is the reason why employers need to check up employees at the lowest levels. Higher management should check on them one by one. This way, they can get information from them and also their sentiments.