As employers it’s your responsibility to ensure that your employees are happy at work. It’s best for them and it’s best for the productivity and quality of your business. Here we have developed a collection of ideas that you can action immediately.
Greet your team
This simple act of communication makes employees feel valued, comfortable and that they have a relationship with you. Unfortunately, we see far too many employers with a serious lack of communication with their employees. A simple “good morning” can make all the difference. When you make meaningful communications with your employees it improves the overall discussions and communications between everybody.
Deliver regular recognition
Recognising the efforts and achievements of your team and communicating these with them is a great tool for making them feel valued and for ensuring the continuation of productive work. When employees know that their work is valued and recognised, they’re more likely to maintain high levels of effort, productivity and passion for their work.
Make sure everybody knows how their work fits with the values and goals of the entire company
By doing this, you are letting employees know the purpose of their work. Nobody likes to feel like they’re putting time and effort into something that isn’t worth it. When they know how their work lines up with the goals you want to achieve, their effort levels are likely to be higher and they’re likely to be more motivated in all aspects of their job.
Prioritise work-life balance
If employees feel like they aren’t achieving the work-life balance that we all need, their work is likely to suffer and their morale will decrease. Make a conscious effort to do all that you can to ensure both you and your team achieve a healthy balance between work-life and home-life.
Focus on health and well-being
As an employer, there’s a lot you can do to take care of the health and well-being of your team. From providing private health care to funding vaccinations for your employees, there are positive steps you can take to ensure that your team are happy and healthy.
Hire for personality, not just for how somebody comes across on paper
A team of employees should be a carefully constructed balance between the skills that people possess and how their personalities work together. A team full of like-minded, enthusiastic people is likely to perform better than a team full of people with conflicting interests and a lack of self-motivation. Just because somebody comes across as the perfect employee on paper, pay close attention to their personality traits and whether they will fit in with the existing members of your team.
Introduce individual development plans
Get to know your employees and how they see their career panning out. What do they want to specialise in? When do they see themselves moving into a more senior role? What training do they want/need to do to get there? Implementing individual development plans means you can track the progress of all of your employees and help them take the next steps in their career.
Get out of the day-to-day office routine every so often
Take everyone out for lunch, order it in, have a social event in the middle of the day. Just do something a bit different. This delivers the fun element to the working day of your team that can sometimes get lost amongst deadlines, client meetings and stressful projects.
Offer perks that you know your employees will love
Another reason you must know your team. What do they value? Are their some that love travelling and some that love good food? Develop perks that they’ll value, and in return feel valued. By rewarding your team in ways which are truly valuable to their lives, they’ll become more motivated and in turn your company will be more productive.
Have an open-door policy
This is so important in creating a happy team. They need to feel like they can speak to you whenever, even if the subject is tricky. Consistently remind them that they can come to your office any time and talk anything through. Whether it’s an idea for a new client project or they aren’t happy with something at work.
Allow them to make their workspace work for them
It’s so simple but allowing your employees to personalise their workspace is a great way to make them feel valued. Whether it’s the way their computer faces or where something is stored. If it doesn’t cause any major issues, allow them to make these changes. A workspace that meets the needs of those using it will always produce the best quality work.
Where possible, let employees set their own hours
Gone are the days of the traditional 9-5. With more and more working parents, commuters and freelance workers the dynamics of a team must move with the times. A lot of employers live by the ‘if you get it done, I don’t mind when you do it’ mentality. By allowing employees to have a say in when they work, they’re likely to produce quality work and effective practices.