When employees are loyal and engaged in the company, profits are higher making people feel more valued and motivated.
Research also reveals staff will miss less work leading to improved productivity. They will also perform better, and are more supportive of and positive about company targets.
Here are 5 ways to keep your employees happy in the workplace:
Allow them to personalise their workspace
You don’t have to spend lots of money on revamping the office you can keep you employees happy and content by encouraging them to bring in pot plants, photos of their families and friends or other personal items for example stress squeezers to decorate and personalise their desks. Giving employees the freedom to change their workspace has been shown to help create a more attractive and stress-reducing environment. Opening blinds or curtains can also help your employees because they will bring in more daylight and can positively affect staff productivity.
Recently flexible working opportunities have become a popular option for many companies as everyone can benefit including employers, employees and their families. Most employers now recognise that it makes good business sense to provide flexible working opportunities for their staff. This decision is popular with many parents with younger children and older adults who have other commitments and have health issues limiting them to the number of hours they can work.
Common types of flexible working include:
- Part-time: working less than 40 hours per week
- Flexi-time: choosing when to work
- Compressed hours: working your agreed hours over fewer days
- Staggered hours: different starting, break and finishing times for employees in the same workplace
- Job sharing: Designed for one person alongside someone else for when you aren’t working
- Working from home
Team lunches or outings
Many companies are treating their employees to lunches once a month or work outings or parties. Complimentary lunches can help increase staff moral and staff are at their most productive when they are happy.
Businesses can also benefit by encouraging staff to interact with each other as providing lunch on a Friday afternoon or once a month can encourage employees from different departments to sit down in together forming stronger, more positive connections with each other. Mealtime conversations can often lead to connections between colleagues who otherwise wouldn’t interact.
Training and development
Offering training and learning development opportunities can help keep employees and keep them feeling motivated.These do not have to be expensive events as you can using existing staff to help train staff in other areas or you can send them on local events as many are free or inexpensive. Make effective use of your internal resources encouraging your best staff to coach or mentor others is motivating for both parties.
Identify key skills required for each career path, and create a personal development plan for each employee to map out their route along this path.
Provide company uniforms
Many employees feel much happier when they are provided with company t-shirts, sweatshirts, fleeces or polo shirts featuring the company logo.
If you want to know how to keep your employees happy why not consider some of the above tips into your business plan if you aren’t already doing this. Garment Printing can help you choose promotional wear for your company call 0844 588 9808 to speak to a member of the team or to order today.