If you want your employees to work hard, you need to keep them happy. After all, the well-known and true saying is that a happy workforce, is a productive and industrious workforce. It is generally felt that the people who have greater job satisfaction are usually the most productive and engaged.
If you are looking for ways to keep your employees happy to garner the best efforts and results from them, you have come to the right place. In the following post you will find our top tips for ensuring that your staff are happy, valued, motivated and capable of helping your company be as successful as it can be.
Offer Bonuses And Incentives
Our first tip is really a no-brainer and something that all employers, regardless of industry, should implement in their company in some way or another. Bonuses, incentives and other rewards give your employees something to aspire to, beyond just meeting the sales targets or company goals. By establishing an bonus and incentive scheme, you are showing them that you are willing to put the money where your mouth is, if they achieve something great on your behalf. It will also give them a confidence and motivate them to take greater pride in their work.
Recognise, Commend And Reward When Employees Are Progressing Well
While many employers tend to congratulate, commend and reward in a big way, the members of staff who are always doing very well at their job and achieving the biggest and best targets and results. Although this is a really good thing, it is often done at the expense of the people who are reliable, stable and consistent with what they achieve for the company, even if they are not the ‘high earners’.
By taking the time to appreciate these kinds of employees impact on your company, you are raising morale and people will enjoy working for you because of it. Paying close attention to the achievements of those who have had to overcome obstacles to improve the standard of the work, is also crucial. You don’t even have to do much more than a sincere thank you, for your staff to feel that their efforts are worth something.
Establish a Fun and Friendly Workplace And Avoid Being Too Strict
Work should never be seen as a playground by your employees, and it is imperative that they know they are there to work as hard as they can for you and achieve specific goals and targets. That doesn’t mean they shouldn’t enjoy working for you though. If your company hires office staff, encourage conversation between your workforce. Not only are great ideas shared through back and forth communication, you are also establishing a work culture where colleagues can become friends and who will share the responsibility of progressing your company in the direction you want it to go.
Provide Comfortable, Clean And Hygienic Working Conditions For Employees
It is crucial that if you want to keep your employees happy, that you create a comfortable, clean and hygienic environment for them. This includes aspects of the workplace such as sufficient ventilation and lighting, break areas that allow your staff to relax a little without feeling crammed into a tight little kitchen or lounge area, comfortable seating at all desks and work stations, and a regularly scheduled cleaning and maintenance.
Equipment cleaning is essential, because if your staff are using equipment that is clean and in good working order, they are less likely to become frustrated and unhappy.
Arrange For Team Building Activities Such As Social Gatherings and Day/Weekend Trips
One of the easiest ways to keep your employees happy, is probably the most obvious. Reward them for their hard work by taking them out of the confines of their office, work station or desk and into the outside world. Whether it is organising a work sports event, a trip to the local bowling alley or for a 3 course slap up meal at a nice restaurant; as long as it is something they will enjoy and allows them to let their hair down, it is bound to make them feel happy and enjoy working for your company. It doesn’t even have to involve a lot of money, as it is more the thought behind it and the chance to unwind away from the office that will keep them happy.
By enjoying a break from work, they will be even more motivated and diligent when they return to the office and have those goals and targets to meet.
Make Open Communication A Key Policy For Your Company
You’d be amazed at the number of amazing ideas that there could be right under your nose. By making open communication a key policy and encouraging your staff to share any ideas they have; or to at least make it clear that you will always listen and take under consideration anything they suggest, you will make them feel valued and in turn happier. On the other hand, if you are known as an arrogant boss who doesn’t listen to staff’s suggestions, feedback or comments; your staff will likely be very happy and in turn, lack motivation.
As you can see from our top tips, creating a positive working environment that keeps your workforce happy and therefore motivated, does not require a lot of money or effort. A lot of great planning and forethought and common sense.
Put yourself in their shoes or remember back when you used to work for someone else. What would you like if you were in their position and how would you like to be treated? By looking at your staff this way and considering their thoughts and feelings, you will be able to establish a work environment that encourages people to be happy, that makes workers feel special and not as if they are just another faceless drone.
The advantage is that if your employees are happy they will be less likely to look elsewhere for a better offer.