How Relationships Affect Employee Morale

If you have been in a troubled relationship, you likely know all too well how it can affect other areas of your life. Stress and anxiety affect mood, energy levels, and motivation. Perpetual unhappiness makes everything more difficult.

How Relationships Affect Employee Morale

If you and your partner are not seeing eye-to-eye, you may crave the company of others, but feel self-conscious about your situation. This can cause individuals to close down. When they should be seeking the company and counsel of others, they instead shun it or act in a moody, remote fashion.

Just as you cannot leave a cold behind at home, relationship problems can manifest themselves on the job, even if only one of the partners works there. A lack of happiness at home can have a harmful effect on your effectiveness as a boss or worker.

Cynicism and Negativity

When people are unhappy, they often become cynical. Even people who are normally hopeful may start to feel as if the world is out to get them and things are doomed to failure. This change in attitude often affects the way they interact with co-workers, even inadvertently. No one feels comfortable or motivated to work with someone who is constantly pessimistic. This negativity can gradually transfer to others.


A failing relationship can lead to depression. This, in turn, leads to reduced energy, irrational anger, frustration, and loss of interest in things that the person finds fulfilling. All of these negatives can easily transfer into work situations and make that individual a problematic part of the team.

Physical Issues

Stress and unhappiness can lower the amount of and quality of a person’s sleep. A tired worker is more likely to make mistakes, which influences that individual’s morale and those who work with them.

Lack of Confidence

A relationship can mean so much to a person: it is a show of their desirability, their usefulness, their ability to be a parent, etc. Take those qualities away and an individual’s self-confidence can suffer greatly. That lack of self-assurance inevitably carries over into other parts of their life, such as work.

Fortunately, there is also the flipside of the coin. Those in a happy, loving relationship bring that positive energy with them to the job. They are more likely to be positive, upbeat, and energetic, all qualities that contribute to productivity and effective socialization. These employees make a difference and help the company to grow and prosper. They have lower stress levels and are more likely to be healthy.

Are you experiencing problems in your relationship? The problems you are experiencing with your partner can have negative effects on those around you, as well as other aspects of your day-to-day life, including on a professional level. A veteran speaker and author, Dennis Yanke believes in the power of relationships as a prime factor in a person’s overall happiness. Contact him today to learn more about how he can be the speaker of choice for your next meeting or event.