4 Things That Make Work Suck

And What You Can Do About Each One

October 10, 2021 |

Work Problems

We spend too much of our lives at work to settle for misery. Staying in an unhealthy work environment long term will damage your health.

Through helping hundred of companies, I’ve noticed 4 reasons some workplaces suck. If leaders eliminate these issues, morale improves and their organizations profit. Take action to eliminate each one.

4 Things That Make Work Suck

1. Conflict Avoidance

There if frequently and “elephant in the room”. Frequently there are unaddressed underlying issues because team member and leadership fear sharing concerns openly. Additionally, leadership does little to nothing when a team member has skill deficiencies.


Make it safe to have conflict. Hold people accountable for performance. Enforce a “No Gossip Policy“. Encourage team members to address issues directly with those involved. Deal with incompetence swiftly through training, reseating, or termination.

2. Lack of Trust

Can you rely on your team and can they rely on you? Trust is built over time through trustworthy behavior. Misrepresentation, exaggeration, and a lack of transparency erodes trust. The little things matter.


Be trustworthy. Follow through with what you say you will do. Promptly own mistakes. Create opportunities for connection through celebrating employee life events, encouraging conversation, and engaging fun Ice-Breakers.

“The best way to find out if you can trust somebody is to trust them.” -Ernest Hemingway

A tool that addresses all 4 of these issues is a DISC Personality Assessment. Understand the personality style of others on your team. Decide Your Legacy has certified Extended DISC coaches that can help.
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3. Procrastination

You’re discouraging your team by not taking action. Behind procrastination is fear. Fear of failure and fear of the rejection. 


 Let go of perfectionism, trust your instincts, and make decisions. Encourage employees to take risks and make mistakes. Set goals and move forward. Address the fear behind your indecision.

”Unless commitment is made, there are only promises and hopes… but no plans.” -Peter F. Drucker

4. Lack of Clarity

Ambiguity causes anxiety! Don’t be unclear. Over-communicate on the essentials like values, purpose, goals, vision, mission, expectations, roles, and deadlines.


Revisit, highlight, post, and creatively communicate the essentials. People forget unless reminded.

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Question: Which of these have you experienced? Explain.

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