As a boss or manager, it’s important to make sure that you hire and retain quality employees. One of the best ways to do this is to have a workplace where employees are fulfilled and happy. Doing so will not only help you to hire and retain the best talent, but it will help to keep all of your employees more engaged, invested, productive, and loyal.
However, amidst some of the chaos and intensity of starting a new business, it can be challenging to make sure that employees are happy and satisfied with their work. Especially when giving bonuses isn’t an option. Nevertheless, as you juggle the many things on your to-do list, it’s essential to prioritize employee satisfaction. Here are some simple things you can do to help make your employees happy which in turn will make your team more focused, engaged, and committed to your business.
Prioritize work-life balance. One simple way to make people happier is to show them that you care about their well-being outside of work. Prioritizing work-life balance sends this message and encourages a lifestyle and a pace that is sustainable and productive.
Have regular career-planning conversations with all employees. Discussing a career path with employees is another way to show that you care about them as individuals. Plus, mapping a course for them in your business will encourage growth and development while also offering your highest performers plenty of ways to advance within your team.
Always say thank you. This is a simple thing that can go a long way towards showing employees that you appreciate and value them. Further, it helps to develop a culture of gratitude, which makes your workplace an increasingly positive and encouraging place to be.
Be transparent. The more you share with employees about important decisions or next steps for the business, the more invested they will become. Further, transparency increases their trust in you and creates a culture of honest communication.
Encourage communication and collaboration. Establish workspaces, meeting times, and a work culture that encourages communication and collaboration. Whether it’s through comfortable common spaces, accessible snacks for breaks, or lunch meetings with no agenda beyond coming together to eat, the more you can encourage a culture where your team comes together and communicates, the more happy and satisfied your employees will be.
Reward top-performing employees with vacation time. Perhaps you can’t offer performance bonuses, but you can give top-performers some extra vacation days to recognize and reward excellence. Employees will appreciate the recognition as well as the extra time to spend with friends and family.
Offer flexible scheduling. Whenever possible, offer employees flexibility in their scheduling. Whether it’s a day to work from home, an option to work long days in return for a shorter week, or simply giving flexibility to when employees come into the office and leave each day, flexibility can lead to more satisfied employees. Further, it conveys a sense of trust and respect that further establishes a positive workplace culture which has many benefits in and of itself.
Simple shifts in your workplace can lead to substantial increases in employee satisfaction and happiness. As you look to make some of these adjustments, prioritize gratitude, appreciation, and respect for employees. Anything you can do to let your employees know that you value them and think of them as people–not simply a resource–can make your team feel more satisfied in their work. As you start a new year, work to prioritize this mindset in order to make your team happier, more productive, and more invested in your company.