How To Keep Your Employees Happy
Your workforce is your most valuable resource. You can have the latest cutting-edge technology in the world, but if you don’t have the right team, then it’s all for nothing. That’s why it’s essential that you are always looking for ways to ensure that you attract and then keep the best hires.
An employer who dismisses the importance of their employees’ levels of happiness is doomed to live with low productivity, high turnover rates, and sub-par customer service. If you want your business to thrive, then you need happy and motivated staff. Here are the best ways to keep them happy and ensure that you are getting the best work they can produce.
There’s an old business saying that states the importance of ‘criticising in private, praise in public.’ Make sure that good work is recognized and praised, and ensure that you do this in a way that makes that hard work noticeable to other team members. Praise and reward the best workers, and others will race to keep up.
Have some trust
Delegation is essential for businesses of every size. Micromanagement is very tempting when it is your business and reputation on the line, but trust in the people that you have hired. Delegate and give willing staff members more responsibility, and they will work hard to prove worthy of that trust.
Involve your team
Always make sure that you keep your staff aware of what’s happening with the company. Your long-term goals and your short-term goals should be a constant driver, and the more that they know of your plans, the better they can help you meet your targets. Involve your team, and they will feel more involved. Staff loyalty will reduce staff turnover, and People XCD have created an article highlighting what is a healthy churn of employees coming in and out of a business.
A more flexible workplace
With tech solutions like cloud collaboration and facetime messaging, there’s no need for every employee to spend every day in the office. Let your team take control of their workload whether they’re at home or in the office. Often, business owners feel that an out of sight team member is not going to be productive, but remote workers are proven to have higher levels of motivation and loyalty. Use remote working practices as your team prefers, and you will benefit.
Reduce the Boss/Worker divide
A great way to keep your business growing is to learn from those around you. Offer mutual evaluation time for every team member. During regular meetings discuss their work output and progress, and then allow them to do the same to you. That two-way communication can be a useful way of finding out where you need to improve as a boss, and will reinforce your commitment so that your employees know that you are always trying to improve.
Invest in them
Whether it’s letting them take days off so that they can go to a marketing conference, or providing specialist speakers to come in and discuss latest tech trends for your HR department, investing in your staff is enormously beneficial. Not only will it improve staff loyalty, you will also benefit from having a team that is on the cutting-edge of modern business tactics and strategies. Investing in your team is one of the most essential actions you can take.
A loyal and motivated team around you will be the best resource that your business will ever have. Makes sure that you are always aware of their issues, and take steps to combat their concerns. Trust your team, and they will be as supportive of you as you are of them.