Year after year statistics show us how many people are actually unhappy at their job. When you ask them why do you still work there? They answer: ¨It brings in good money¨ and when you ask the company if everyone is happy at the company, most of the time they will answer: ¨Of course¨ or ¨Well yes, because they are not leaving¨.


For companies, the costs of employees being unhappy at work are heavy and equates to billions of dollars in lost productivity and the people who are disengaged and not happy at work, do not feel fulfilled and satisfied. For both it is not a win-win situation.

We are responsible for our own life and to take control over it, but also a company should notice the non-productive and un-happy employees. Each company should have an active HR department and active department managers who really take care of their employees and notice when motivation is dropping.

Someone with good results could still be un-happy in the job and someone with bad results could be happy in the job. Managers and bosses tend to look only at the results to conclude if that employee is good, bad, happy or un-happy.

Well if it was that black and white the world would be much easier. But it isn’t!

A company where I worked as a leader, literally everyone was un-happy. I told the CEO, nothing was done with it, the tips I gave him that would create happy employees were ¨non-sense¨ and ¨They have a good salary¨ and ¨You should just make sure they reach their targets, when they do, we will talk about it¨.

The remaining people in that company are still: stressed, un-happy, close to a burn-out and becoming the worse version of themselves: un-fulfilled. They stay because they have a good salary and work 100% from home.

Would you like employees that just stick with you because of their paycheck? Knowing that they are un-happy because of the work atmosphere? Knowing that they won’t work that motivated as they should do and that they have nothing good to say about you as a CEO -> which will reflect on your business the moment they can’t handle it anymore? Knowing they don’t trust you and respect you, because of your behavior?

You will lose money, profit and clients when you do not take care of your employees. You employees are the motor your business needs. You cannot function without a motor.

So many companies want to be like #eBay (or any other great companies for their employees), well you will not get there by just thinking about money!

Think about your employees, know what is going on, the moment you notice someone is getting grumpier as usual or always has some feedback back, take a one-one talk with that employee. Ask, listen and be there! Be the manager they need!

Being a boss or manager etc.. is not just about having a team and making profit it is about making your employees feel happy and comfortable. Because like that they will do the same for your business!


  • Stephanie Steggehuis

    NLP Mindset & Time Management Coach

    Just Know How Coaching

    Stephanie was born in The Netherlands and studied Marketing & Communication at the University of Applied Sciences in Amsterdam. She worked for many years in the Event & Entertainment Industry with the biggest Venues, Festivals and Parties. Beside her experience there she has also worked many years in the corporate world for some big names such as eBay and worked in various positions in different companies from Manager, Director and Vice President.  Today she is certified as a Neuro-Linguistic Programmer Coach and has completed over 125 hours in training for coaching. She always is studying the human brain, psychology, and mindset, to keep understanding the human being a hundred percent to help her clients in the best way possible. The most significant changes start with understanding the brain!