To foster a successful work environment, it is important to make sure your employees are happy. Turnover from unhappy employees will not only lead to stress and loss of profits, but you may even find yourself in a difficult position with successful recruitment. Employees and ex-employees talk, so in order to ensure the talk is positive take a look at the following suggestions.
Show Employee Appreciation
Employees like to know their hard work and effort is not going unnoticed. Some ways you can show your appreciation include:
- Participate in small “giveaways” or gifts. Some companies offer tickets to concerts or sporting events at discounted prices, which double as a great way to get to know coworkers outside of the office. Other companies give occasional small Starbucks gift cards as a sign of appreciation. Whatever it is, big or small, it won’t go unnoticed.
- Encourage socialization. Employees appreciate companies that focus on encouraging team building and socialization outside of the office. Consider promoting company picnics, happy hours and holiday parties to go the extra mile.
- Promote professional development. When you invest in an employee’s success and wellbeing, they tend to be happier. Employees are greatly appreciative of tuition reimbursements, training opportunities and all around growth within the company.
Listen to Your Employees
One of the easiest ways to keep your current employees happy is to simply listen to them. Consider distributing a satisfaction survey to get an idea of the current environment in your office and go from there. Hold regular reviews so you can increase one-on-one employee engagement and listen to what they have to say. When your employees are doing a great job, make sure they know you appreciate their hard work. When you need to give constructive criticism, always start with a compliment on something they’re doing well.
Encouraging open communication in the office is also a great idea. Being honest and open allows everyone to express him or herself as well as pitch any ideas without fear of reprimand or judgment.
Foster a Positive Environment
When people are surrounded by positivity, it is much harder to be unhappy. Make sure work schedules are consistent so people are never caught off guard, and always promote a healthy work-life balance. Encourage creativity in the office and let employees customize their workspaces. This will make them feel at home and increase office morale. You could also create a culture committee in order to foster company culture and boost employee involvement. It is hard for people to be unhappy when they are part of something bigger.
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