Do you know how to effectively keep your employees happy and working hard? No matter what business you are in and what your company does, you still need employees that do well and succeed at their jobs. By keeping the teams beneath you moving forward together in harmony, you can help ensure future success. The major ingredients of such harmony are happy and productive employees.
Happy Employees = Successful Employees
As a professional employer organization (PEO), Total HR Management believes we can help guide you in the process of learning how to keep your employees happy and working hard. Many studies have shown that happy employees are consistently the most productive and the most loyal. In a competitive marketplace, you need employees that want to succeed with you and your business.
By following and communicating several key principles, you can turn this idea into a reality that will improve both the productivity and profitability of your business.
5 Ways To Keep Your Employees Happy And Working Hard
1) Build A Sense Of Ownership Among Your Employees
If your employees feel like they own the place and not just work there, they will be much more invested in your company’s overall success. If you can connect your employees to your product, they will feel responsible for what the customer is buying. If employee roles are not too specialized, rotate responsibilities from time to time to improve this sense of ownership. By doing different tasks, they will feel more connected to the success of the overall business.
2) Trust Employees To Leave Their Comfort Zones
Who wants to do one specific task over and over and over again? By granting new responsibilities to your employees every now and then, you will allow them to grow and become more confident in their abilities. Such growth will make them happier because it will make them feel more valuable to the organization. After all, doesn’t everyone want to feel valuable? By succeeding outside their comfort zones, their value will be truly affirmed. A much bigger risk is having valuable employees get burnt out or bored because they are doing the same thing over and over again.
3) Keep Your Team Informed
Do you take the time to keep your employees informed about both specific updates in your business and bigger updates in your company’s overall industry? Since you have a much clearer perspective of the bigger picture than your employees do, it makes sense to let them know what’s going on. By spreading such information, you provide your employees with a sense that they have access to exclusive and high-level insight, strengthening their feeling that they are an important part of the organization.
4) Treat Your Employees Like Adults
Do you remember how much you hated it when an older person treated you like a child when you were a young adult? In the same sense, employees hate being treated like children. You can keep your employees happy by letting them know what’s going on and treating them like adults. For example, if you choose to keep your people in the dark about trying times or issues, the fallout quickly can become ugly. By keeping employees in the light, you avoid the potential negative infection of the dark.
5) Enable Flexible Work
In a recent study, more than a third of small to mid-sized business employees said flexible schedules would increase their happiness and make them more productive. In order to balance the rising demands on both work and personal time, find ways where possible to encourage flexible hours and remote work options. The underlying force behind flexible schedules is an inherent trust from employers that their employees will get done what they need to get done. Such a trust is a key way to keep your employees happy and working hard.
Although the five ways outlined above to keep your employees happy and working hard are only a beginning, they are a good start that can lead to the realization of this ongoing goal. To learn more about how Total HR Management can help you with employee challenges, please call (800) 975-5128 today to set-up an HR audit.
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