Long gone are the days when happiness wasn’t an important part of a job. The times have changed. Employers now know that happy employees are productive employees.
Statistics have shown that satisfied employees stay longer in their work, are more productive and are open to new challenges with enthusiasm. This has been proven to be the ultimate mix for any business as employee retention, productivity and motivation are the perfect recipe for a healthy and successful business.
So the question remains how employees can be made happy.
“Money cannot buy happiness” is known to us. For employers, increasing the paycheck after the paycheck isn’t the only motivator. One quick fun fact – research shows that money isn’t a top factor for having happy employees. Let’s take a look at how you can make your team happy with little effort.
Here are 8 ways to keep your team happy without breaking the bank.
1. Start with “Thank you”.
A positive work environment promotes teamwork and communication. Employees are rarely discouraged by money and are more likely to leave when they feel unappreciated. Encouragement and appreciation at work stimulate the workflow and the results are fantastic. Finding easy ways to say thank you can go a long way in keeping employees happy. Recognition conveys a sense of comfort and confidence.
2. Be kind to your co-workers
This doesn’t cost any money at all and can go a long way in gaining loyalty from your employee. Kindness means not forcing your co-worker to take on more work than they are willing to do. Rather, it is better to offer a project and let the employees offer their solutions. Plus, micromanagement can drive employees crazy. Learn to create more trust and both sides can be in a winning position. Let them work out a solution themselves and present it to you. Of course, when they need help, employers can always offer their expertise instead of belittling it.
3. Social gathering and team building activities
Social gatherings are a great opportunity for employees to connect with one another in a more informal and comfortable environment. Celebrating business milestones and even personal employee birthdays is a great opportunity to add a fun element to jobs, great team building activities can take place in the office, or they can be organized in inspiring locations. The entertaining competition raises the mood and improves team loyalty.
4. Make them part of the company’s goals
Keeping employees informed is an important factor in building communication and trust. Talking to them about the company’s future goals will make them feel more engaged and valuable. The sense of belonging will help them work better as they find it a team effort to achieve company goals. At the same time, it must be ensured that the corporate goals set are realistic and achievable. Unrealistic goals will frustrate and overwhelm employees, making them feel less valuable and more prone to resignations.
5. Support all forms of employee development
Whether continuous education or technological advancement, it is important that employees are developed in such a way that they can keep up with trends and improve productivity. New methods should be introduced with appropriate training for all employees. Group learning ensures that the entire team understands the challenges and can work together to find the best solution that works for everyone.
6. Give them consistent breaks
Encourage your staff to take breaks at regular intervals so they can relax and refresh. It helps them become more productive and return with a relaxed and focused mind. Sometimes readjusting the schedule to support a more relaxed shift can help lighten the situation in the workplace. Flexibility is important to ensure a good flow in the workplace and especially outside of work. The occasional early departure of employees for personal reasons shows how employers respect their lives outside of work.
7. Positive work environment
Dark offices with no windows to let in sunlight can make everyone feel moody. A pleasant working environment motivates employees positively. Lights can also be added and adjusted to make the workplace more lively. Adding plants, comfortable seating areas, and clean bathrooms are some basic things that can add to an employee’s overall work experience and make them feel more focused.
8. Be consistent and patient
A good workforce that supports employers in times of fat and thin is no easy task. When employees can make mistakes and help them correct them, they have the freedom to try new ways to improve the way they work. It takes time and effort to get them to trust you and give their loyalty in order to have success together. To ensure this is consistent, it is important to ensure that employers take the place of a leader. Good and bad records can be discussed personally with employees on a regular basis so they can grow. Favoriteism is not a good character trait of a leader.
Satisfied employees create a successful business
Nobody likes to wake up scared of what every working day will be like. Companies need to find and retain employees who enjoy their work. It is then also important for employers to stay happy. Unhappy employees not only hurt the morale of the entire team, but they can cost your company if they sabotage it. Do you remember the movie ‘Office Space’?
As employers move forward with the times, it is important to consider how to keep their employees happy every day. In the long term, this will only have positive effects. On a more human level, too, it is most rewarding to make someone happy. As an employer, you not only benefit from better employee productivity, but also create a better place in the world for them!