4 Ways To Keep Your Employees Happy And Engaged
Basically, all business research agrees that happy employees are going to be a massive benefit to business owners. When employees are happy, they work harder and this means that profits, as well as revenue streams, are maximized. When businesses don’t look after the interest of employees it’s the customer experience that suffers massively and that’s what you always need to keep in mind. So, how can you keep your employees happy? Here are a few options to consider.
Provide Them With Benefits
First, you do need to make sure that you are providing them with the right benefits. A lot of business owners incorrectly assume that this means guaranteeing that they all get pay rises and this just isn’t the case. A pay rise won’t cover everything that an employee wants from you. In fact, if you view the top five most requested benefits it wouldn’t have even made the list. Instead, employees want things like health support as well as dental. That’s why you might want to explore level-funded health insurance to see if it fits into your business budget.
Encourage Them To Take Breaks
You certainly need to make sure that you are encouraging your employees to take breaks as much as possible. This is important for their physical and indeed their mental wellbeing. Physically, without breaks, employees are going to be exposed to the risks of RSI. This could leave them struggling to remain productive throughout the day. Mentally, working without breaks can cause stress levels to rise exponentially.
Consider Your Office Design
There has been some research conducted in the way that office design can impact the happiness of your employees. If you have them in an enclosed space, where there is not much natural light and is painted a shade such a brown, you’re going to be making them miserable. Of course, this won’t be on purpose, but the brain associates brown with boring, and being away from natural light can kill your mood.
Offer Help When They Need It
You should also try your best to offer help where it is needed. Sometimes people just have a little bit of trouble getting through some things, and as the business owner, you should be there offering your support. This could be with something work-related, or it could be with a personal issue. Of course, we’re not suggesting that you get yourself involved in the personal lives of your employees if they have not asked you to. However, if they have come to you with a personal problem, don’t turn them away. Ask them if there is anything that you can do and show them compassion. A boss who is understanding is worth so much these days.
Or, if they are finding a business task complicated and you notice this, offer them a hand. A great leader leads from the front, not the back.
We hope that you have found this article helpful, and now understand some of the ways that you can keep your employees happy and engaged. Follow this advice, and you are going to have a far more productive workforce than ever before.