No business can succeed if the workforce is not happy. This is why as a business manager you must prioritize employee wellbeing and take action to look after your staff – in turn; this should help the company to succeed, encourage employee loyalty and also create a positive working culture which everyone can enjoy. How can you go about doing this? It is important to note that this will require ongoing effort, but there are a few key steps to take, which should help to keep staff happy, motivated and engaged with their work. Read on to find out more.
Career Progression Opportunities
Nobody wants to feel like they are trapped in their job, which is why it is so important for staff to have career progression opportunities within your business. You should sit down with each staff member and discuss what their career goals are and then help them to achieve this which might involve training, additional responsibilities, qualifications and promoting from within.
Probably the most overlooked yet important aspect of looking after staff is positive feedback. This can make an enormous difference to an employee’s morale as it helps them to feel valued and an important part of the team. Still, despite this, many managers do not provide positive feedback despite it being incredibly easy. You should not wait until appraisals to tell someone what they are doing well and even a simple “good job” can put a spring in the step of an employee.
Manage Payroll Effectively
Employees work for you to get paid, so you need to make sure that they are always paid on time and in full of no exceptions. It must also be easy to book time off, manage their schedules and track their hours which can all be achieved through online payroll services. This can streamline this very important area of HR and make sure that your staff are always paid properly and kept happy. Payroll software can also easily manage payroll and tax filing for employees.
Create A Welcoming Office Environment
People spend an enormous amount of time in the office, so you need to take the time to create a welcoming office environment. This should include an open-plan space, lots of natural light, ergonomic equipment, comfortable furniture and tasteful decor. This can make a huge difference to both morale and performance so you should always think about ways that you can improve the office environment. You may also want to consider the option of remote and flexible working to keep your staff happy too.
Team Building Events
Leading on from this, people spend most of their time with their co-workers, so they are much more likely to be happy in their role if they build relationships and get along with one another. Obviously, you cannot force this, but social events can be a great way to encourage staff to forge relationships with one another and help to improve the atmosphere back in the office.
Focusing on these areas should help you to improve morale amongst employees which should help the business to succeed, to increase productivity and to make coming in to work more enjoyable for everyone.