You may be reading and thinking that’s simple just give them a pay rise and add perks. Yes, this is a way to keep your employees happy and an important one too, but it isn’t a sustainable one.
For the long term thinking of the company, there are many great easy solutions for your employees to genuinely feel happy about work.
Employee happiness is getting a lot of attention in today’s workplace – but why should you care? It’s easy: Research demonstrates the link between happy employees and a thriving business.
One survey found that happy employees are 20% more productive than their colleagues; that figure rose to 37% when assessing salespeople. Discovering how to keep employees happy doesn’t just make sense – it makes money.
In this Wellspace blog, we’re going to highlight ways how to keep employees happy besides the simple rise in their wage and also incorporating the new ‘normal’ of working from home.
Keeping Your Employees Happy
Many business owners become entrepreneurs in their pursuit of happiness. Being their own boss and proving their idea can work is a big source of satisfaction.
There are many types of leaders, but only the best ones can grasp the importance of their employees coming to work ready to make a difference. Making your employees happy will result in the improvement of overall effectiveness in the working environment, as well as in better interpersonal relations.
Micromanagement, Don’t do it!
For me, it is arguably the most important factor as to whether your employees will be happy at work. I genuinely can’t argue this one enough. This also doesn’t mean you can’t tell your employees what to do, but you need to know where the line is and when to stop.
Not leaving any leeway for your employees on their work completely shuts down their creativity and turns any task into a chore. Try to inspire your staff, even when it comes to the most tedious of tasks. Also, if there is a project any of your employees is passionate about, let them pursue it, even if for just a few working hours weekly. You’ll notice their overall improvement almost instantly.
Investing in social activities and any form of team building is necessary and it will do loads of good for the social dynamics of the company. One of the best ways to deal with the social aspect of your staff is arranging frequent hours where you can mingle with your employees in a more relaxed atmosphere.
Holiday: Time Off
“Reward your highest performers with incremental vacation days. They will get their work done as well as enjoy a few extra days of well-deserved time off with family and friends.”
Founder and CEO of itBandz
Let your employees disengage sometimes. Encourage times when employees are completely disengaged so they can focus on their family and set their own personal priorities.
It’s important to work hard but also put a value on time off. By allowing employees to take a breather, they’ll be more productive and come back to work with a focused, recharged mindset.
Encourage Workplace Wellness
Encouraging workplace wellness has unquestionable benefits for the company and most importantly each individual employee. The Wellspace online portal and application helps you not only manage employee health but also return on your investment.
From tracking their individual wellbeing to putting training sessions on to benefit their overall wellness – you’ll be sure to reap the rewards.
Showing your team, you want them to live happy, healthy lifestyles is another way of showing them how important they are to your company and that you care.
Positive Work Environment
Make it fun. Organisations that feel “light” where people can joke around occasionally with each other have stronger cultures. When mistakes happen, people can see the funny side and are not just focused solely on the downside – this promotes a positive work environment.
Why Is Employee Happiness Good For Business?
Employees with positive attitudes are valuable assets for you and your team. Here are six reasons why it’s worth your efforts to improve employee happiness at your business.
- Happy employees are smarter workers – their decision making is on point.
- Sad workers quit – Employees are more likely to leave if they’re unhappy
- Happy employees are more creative
- Happy employees provide better customer service
- Unhappy employees work less
- Happiness is infectious
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