(update) Employee Moods matter, especially in a long-lasting crisis!
By Jan Pronk | May 14, 2020
Moods (during work) are the driving force behind our thoughts and actions. And that makes them the most important indicator for the general wellbeing and performance level of employees.
Since the outbreak of the corona virus, 2DAYSMOOD has been offering a free experience monitor, that organizations use to measure the impact of this crisis on their employees. From the aggregated data, from >36.000 surveys in >70 companies, we extracted several influential trends and insights.
What is happening with moods of employees?
- Employees experienced a significant drop in happy moods in March.
- At this time we are dealing with uncertainty and fear of the unknown.
- The biggest drop was in “cheerfulness” and “excitement”.
- This means there is a decline of positive energy in employees.
- At the same time, negative energy emerges, we are feeling “tense”.
- I addition our ‘’tiredness’’ is being overwhelmed by “sadness”.
- At the end of March (influenced by leadership) resilience is replacing uncertainty.
- We are feeling more ‘’at ease’’ and are finding some pleasantness in this crisis.
- Since the beginning of April, we see a starting recovery in our energy level.
- The same goes for pleasant versus unpleasant emotions.
- But the desired balance of positive and negative energy is not yet restored.
- In the first weeks of May we even see stress and sadness rise again…
- Are we feeling anxious moving towards a new normal, or is this just a short-term reaction in order to adapt?
- We will keep monitoring!
TIP: Positive energy may also need attention in your team(s)!
Long-term sadness and tiredness are a risk for the individual well-being of employees and for the continuity of your organization. Other data from our Remote Experience Monitor indicates that connection and support, from the management (vertical) but also from colleagues, friends or family (lateral), help to deal with negative emotions. So make sure you facilitate or even actively stimulate these connections.
With even the smallest acts of kindness you can help boost connection and productivity in the work environment.
Why are moods during work important?
Emotions during work are fundamental because of their influence on our daily performance, on relations with people in our environment (co-workers, partners, customers!) and in the long-term on or general wellbeing. In a podcast from the Harvard Business Review, former U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, refers to these positive emotions as boosters of relational energy. With even the smallest acts of kindness you can help boost connection and productivity in the work environment.
On the other hand, negative emotions, such as irritation or sadness, can drag down a good team vibe. If these are persistent, they will cause employees to burn out or resign due to dissatisfaction. Therefore, as an employer, you should take your responsibility and facilitate a positive working climate that benefits both your workforce and the success of your organization.
In a situation where people work from home, this is equally if not more important. Loneliness, insecurity or personal responsibilities are integrated into our working day and leave their marks.
Improving employee moods with 2DAYSMOOD
At 2DAYSMOOD, we help organizations across the globe improve employee moods, engagement and their company culture. We use a science backed mood model (based on Russell’s Circumplex model of Emotional Classification) an our realtime measuring tool to capture moods of employees, every week, all year long.
A fun and easy 15 second survey ensures a high repsonse rate, so managers can use reliable realtime data and trends, to positively influence their workers’ moods. In addition, we offer several in-depth measurements and tools to go from data to deeds!
But we also believe that happiness during work is everyone’s responsibility. Our anonymous mood report, at the team level, is supporting that mission. It has proven to initiate open communication and positive actions among co-workers. Teams up to 20 people can start a mood measurement for free.