Monday, May 15, 2017

7 Ways to Keep Your Employees Happy and Productive

One of the most difficult challenges an employer can face is keeping the employees happy at the workplace. Happy employees not only stay longer in their job, but they are also more engaged and genuinely interested in doing what’s good for the company. Recent studies at Warwick University show that happy employees tend to be 12% more effective in comparison to unhappy ones who performed 10% worse.

How can you achieve this at the office? The golden formula used by Laurence Vanhée of Happyformance proposes that employee happiness and productivity come from giving them freedom and responsibility. Based on this formula, we have worked out 7 simple tips on making your employees satisfied at work and improving their productivity. Read further to find out!

1. Be flexible

Contrary to common belief, a high paycheck is not the best way to motivate people long term. In today’s world where agendas are as stretched as a rubber band and rules limit us from every angle, giving employees the option to decide how and where they work is a welcome change. This could mean teleworking, choosing their office desk, or working on their own device. It gives employees freedom, but also makes them feel that they are more than just a number.

2. Set goals and give up the rest

Employers generally understand that hovering over employees’ shoulders can be stifling rather than supportive, but are reluctant to give up control. From a business perspective however, what really matters is that work be done on time, and not the amount of hours an employee spent on it. As a bonus, treating employees as adults will result in increasing their confidence and further engagement with the company.

3. See them as equals

Having approachable managers is also key to making employees feel more comfortable while at work. A boss who is treating employees as equals and not as their personal minions will win the heart and loyalty of their subordinates. They will be more likely to engage with a boss they perceive as their partner, and will be more willing to make sacrifices for the good of the company.

4. Encourage self-fulfillment

More and more workers of all ages, not only millennials, feel the need to have a purpose at their job. This consists of having a clear and set direction of what they are supposed to do at the office, and feeling that the work they put in is meaningful. They should also be encouraged to bring their own ideas to the table and have a degree of freedom in choosing the projects they will be working on. Involving your employees in the decision making process will help secure their support for the goal.

5. Allow time for fun

Keeping eyes on the goal and limiting all work efforts to reaching it in the shortest time possible may make the employees efficient, but it will not necessarily keep them happy for a long time. Remember to have fun in your day-to-day work, instill rituals that bring people together and boost morale of the team. In return for wasting a few minutes you will win a strong, united team who feel that work can also be fun.

6. Reward efforts fairly

Providing recognition for one’s work is essential to keeping them motivated. However, it is equally important to make employees feel that they are being fairly compensated for the work they put in. Managers who give top performing subordinates gift cards, take the team out for lunch or bring breakfast for everyone are more likely to earn the loyalty of their employees. Everyone loves presents!

7. Emotional bond

If there is a healthy mix between all the points mentioned above, employees are bound to become loyal and attached to the company they work for, and in turn increase their productivity. They will feel valued and important, and will be inclined to share their positive experience with others. Keeping employees happy and genuinely interested in their company is the fool-proof way to boost the company’s employer brand.

Employee happiness will lead to increased productivity within the company. Employers need to cater to their subordinates needs and wishes, and provide a healthy work environment that allows employees to maximize their performance at the workplace. With this in mind, happy employees should also be responsible employees and provide the work that is required of them, and make sure that the quality of their work is top notch. By doing this, both managers and employees will form an effective team, and will be able to work together in an unparalleled manner. Keep the employees happy at the workplace!