How Can You Keep Your Staff Happy?

Happy Employee

It doesn’t take a genius to work out that happy staff are productive, loyal staff. Keeping your workforce happy is no longer the sole preserve of forward-thinking businesses like Facebook and Google – it’s just good business sense!

We’re not suggesting you should install an on-site bar and give your staff increased holiday allowances immediately, but we are saying that businesses should staff happiness a priority. Luckily, there are ways to accomplish workforce happiness that don’t involve fitting slides from floor to floor in your office.

Offer a good work-life balance

The idea of a good work-life balance has become more important than ever – especially for employees raising young families. With the rise of flexible working, there are plenty of ways you can help your staff out in this manner, keeping them connected to the company while still ensuring they can spend some time at home with their loved ones. Studies have also shown that flexible workers tend to be more productive than those confined to the office, so there could be multiple benefits to this perk.

Provide all the tools they need

If an employee is constantly coming up against barriers that prevent them from doing their job to the best of their ability, they’re going to get disheartened. Make sure that your workplace is fully equipped to allow your workers to get on with their days. That means comfortable working spaces, super-fast broadband, access to the latest technology and plenty of resources they can leverage while they work. These may sound simple, but it’s amazing how many businesses have unhappy staff because of low-speed internet, malfunctioning phones and uncomfortable office chairs!

Always reward employees

Keep morale high in the workplace by rewarding your staff when they achieve. Being recognised for good work is always a nice feeling – employees are naturally going to feel happy and loyal to the business when their efforts are acknowledged. Have an established reward scheme in place, but don’t be afraid to spontaneously give out rewards or recognition if you feel that a staff member has gone above and beyond.

Encourage communication

If an employee feels like they have a genuine say in everyday operations, it’s bound to boost morale. Make sure that staff members know they can speak up if they have suggestions or comments, and don’t be afraid of seeking their opinions. If staff feel involved, they’ll naturally feel more loyal, and will be motivated to help the business succeed.

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