Ensure Your Employees Look Forward to Coming to Work Instead of Dreading It
Maybe you’re selling household furniture from a showroom or you could be trading stocks on Wall Street; no matter what the nature of your business, there’s one variable that shouldn’t be compromised across all and any sectors; your staff.
Most company owners should know better than to underestimate the importance of their team of employees. Boosting job satisfaction has been statistically proven to increase productivity and company loyalty; it’s no secret that people who are happy work better than those who aren’t.
Understanding employees’ needs means that companies nowadays are investing a lot more time and money in this aspect of their business. Some small tweaks to your work environment and company culture could easily make all the difference. Here are a few tried-and-tested tips from the experts on how to keep your employees happy and in turn, your business running as smoothly as ever.
Tip #1 – Spread the Motivation
A little motivation can go a long way. Sure, there’s no need to overdo it and go all Jordan Belfort on your team, Wolf of Wall Street style, but if you can get excited about what you do and put this across effectively, you’ll soon see that the mood will catch on quickly.
More importantly, recognize and reward their efforts; if you want to avoid having employees that simply go through the motions and do the bare minimum that’s expected of them, you need to give them something to look forward to.
Tip #2 – Keep them Engaged
Making your staff feel like their work makes a significant difference to the company’s goals and the bigger picture is a sure-fire way to keep them engaged in their work. They’re more likely to perform at a higher level if they feel invested.
More importantly, employees shouldn’t be kept in the dark about company affairs; if anything trying to hide things from them will only fuel rumours and make matters worse. Be honest; whatever the situation, they should be able to take it.
Tip #3 – Make the Most of Your Space
The wave of iGaming companies to hit our islands in recent years certainly understand the importance of a pleasant office layout; most of these firms not only invest in offices with breathtaking sea views but also make sure the inside of their premises is just as impressive.
Relaxed, open-plan office spaces are the way to go, making sure that these aren’t overly crammed with desks but allow for employees to each have their own space.
Air hockey tables, colourful bean bags, even hammocks, could do wonders to enhance bland common areas and help employees let off some steam in their breaks.
Tip #4 – Money Matters But Perks are Important
Monetary compensation is obviously a frontrunner on an employee’s checklist; however, companies have started to realise the need to go beyond this and offer additional perks which show their appreciation for members of the team.
Providing other benefits like health insurance, gym memberships, educational and skills training opportunities and company vacations may be a bit on the costly side but it definitely pays off in the long-run; looking after employees’ wellbeing means that your business will benefit too.
Tip #5 – the Little Things that Count
Until the robots inevitably take over the universe, it’s essential to remember that your team is made up of flesh and blood human beings and not production machines. Give them something to look forward to, an excuse to let their hair down and take a breather from the daily grind, so that they can return to their tasks with renewed vigour and in a more positive (and productive) mood.
Apart from the usual annual parties and teambuilding events, they will definitely appreciate other, smaller and more frequent social gatherings too.
Need some ideas? Offer fresh healthy snacks on a daily basis, take them out for a round of drinks on the company every fortnight, throw a pizza party on every last Thursday of the month, organise welcome-back mini parties for colleagues who were away on maternity/paternity leave; get creative, the possibilities are endless.
Updating your company environment with some of these incentives will surely brighten up the work day and work wonders to enhance productivity among your employees.