Escalating Employee Cynicism: Paralysing Organisations

When you feel you are highly dissatisfied with your organisation & find your employers lacking in trust, honesty, justice & transparency in their system that means the cancer of employee cynicism is now rooted in the organisational system. It will convert the organisation into a paralysed state where every healthy & positive state of the organisation results negatively in the productivity of an organisation.

Such a scenario at the workplace will erupt in weak trust in the motives of their superiors who will exploit employees’ contributions.

This results in outcomes like employees start exhibiting negative behaviour toward the workplace, encouraging workers to disparaging comments toward the organisation, weak emotional attachment towards the workplace & employer, increased turnover intentions, employees prefer to be engaged less in extra roles etc. Overall, it can be understood as resulting in weak association & loyalty of employees towards their organisation.

The above outcomes will help the organisation in growing & making good decisions with good minds which are employees. The workplace peace & harmony will be disturbed completely. Thus, organisations should control such events which lead to employee cynicism. Such a cynical environment is neither good for employees nor productive for the organisation.  An organisation needs to come out with strategies with which they can shift from organisational paralysis to a place of psychological safety & reduce cynicism among employees.

The following tips will be helpful to reduce cynicism among employees & organisations as well are –

  1. Be Courteous & respectful to your employees & team members as it builds high energy in motivating employees & it costs nothing in being courteous to others.
  2. Maintain faith among employees regardless of difficulties.
  3. Explain to them the brutal facts of existing realities.
  4. Effective listening to employees’ problems & issues or fears & support them during difficult times if the problem is genuinely real.
  5. Management should demonstrate a supportive & consultative approach towards employees.
  6. Toxic work culture & abusive supervision practices are neither to be followed nor reflected via organisational policies & practices.

****************Happy Worker is a Productive Worker*********************  


Author: Dr. Mansi Tiwari, Associate Professor – Unitedworld School of Business (UWSB)

Disclaimer: The opinions / views expressed in this article are solely of the author in his / her individual capacity. They do not purport to reflect the opinions and/or views of the College and/or University or its members.

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