You want your employees to perform at a higher level, but do you ever think about making them happy in the workplace? You should! Happiness, productivity and longevity go hand in hand… in hand. Here are some simple steps for ensuring your employees are happy at work and stay that way.
• Improve your management style. According to one study, when employees were asked which qualities they valued most in management, they reported 1) leadership 2) honesty and 3) ability to delegate (Business News Daily, “Simple Ways to Keep Your Employees Happy.”)
• Show appreciation. Just saying “thank you” goes a long way. Praising staff members for a job well done inspires positive performance in the future.
• Empower passion. Give employees jobs they love to do and the tools to do them well.
• Create trust and act fairly. Your team notices when you aren’t honest with them. Demonstrate that you will tell them the truth and have their backs. Also, make decisions and take actions that are consistent throughout the staff.
• Don’t downsize unless absolutely necessary. It’s one thing to choose not to fill an open position. But laying people off hurts more than the individual losing their position. It also sends a message to the rest of the crew their jobs may be in jeopardy. Look for other solutions if possible.
• Provide incentive programs. These can be ongoing initiatives or short-lived motivators to get the team excited. Either way, employees like the ability to earn benefits like extra time off or special privileges.
• Allow for work-life balance. It’s fine to have high expectations for your staff. However, employees are happier and more productive when they feel they have adequate time and energy to address the other parts of their lives.
• Create a vision and allow employees to be a part of that vision. No one relishes the idea of being an unimportant cog in the system. Letting the team see, understand and contribute to the big picture not only increases their buy in, it may also generate some good ideas you might have otherwise missed.
Happy employees are productive employees. Creating a culture where team members feel valued doesn’t have to be expensive, but it does take effort. Identify areas you and your company can improve.