5 ways to make (and keep) your employees happy
With the International Day of Happiness around the corner, our attention turns to the factors that really make employees happy and ensure this satisfaction is upheld once 20 March is long gone.
Whatever you’re doing to mark the day in your workplace, it serves as an important reminder that, in order to increase productivity and retain staff, we need to have our employees’ happiness in mind at all times.
Here are five ways to give your staff the boost they need to work hard towards your company’s goals.
- Pay more
It goes without saying, but money can be the difference between retaining and losing a talented member of staff. Offering financial packages such as bonuses and commission is a great way of achieving maintained enthusiasm among your employees. Or perhaps an incentive scheme offering a bottle of Champagne or a shopping voucher upon reaching targets might work best? Either way, be careful not to overly rely on this tactic; without progression, flexibility and a social, friendly environment, financial reward becomes futile.
Again, this sounds obvious, but too many employers don’t actually ask their team what they want. Take the time to find out what motivates them. This could throw up ideas as simple as offering an early finish once a month, or organising a staff social for people to look forward to, but they could really make a difference to your employees’ moods. Of course, they may request more involved and considered changes to processes, which you can look to address, but until you ask, you won’t know.
- Demonstrate opportunity to progress
Without something to work towards, how can employees expect to feel satisfied? Make it your mission for all members of staff to know exactly where they are on the ladder and what they need to do to make it to the next rung. Once these goals are put in place, and people are rising up the ranks, they’ll feel a galvanising sense of achievement.
- Offer flexible working
An uncompromising boss makes for a disgruntled employee. While it’s not suitable for all businesses, flexible working has been shown to boost morale which, as we know, leads to improved productivity. This could mean allowing staff to work from home from time to time, or giving them the ability to organise their own shift patterns around family commitments. And if that sounds like a logistical nightmare for your HR department, don’t worry – our time and attendance software will have it running like a well-oiled machine!
- Shake things up
One of the most dissatisfying things about work can be the repetitiveness. Consider mixing up teams and encourage hot-desking, so people are working around different members of the department. Not only will this be a welcome change of scenery for employees, but it’s also the perfect breeding ground for fresh ideas and allows people to broaden their understanding of other disciplines within the business. Switching up tasks and offering employees new challenges will also keep the job interesting and fresh.