How do you make your employees happy and productive?
And what causes them to actually want to stay with your company?
It is easier said than done.
Some people think employee happiness is overrated (do you?).
“Being happy at work isn’t just good for the employees. It’s good for the company, too. After all, a study of 250,000 people found that happy employees tend to be healthier, more productive, have more energy, and maintain better relationships — with you, with their customers, and with each other.”
And in this post we’ll walk you through the exact step-by-step
strategies you can use to make your employees happy.
How To Make Employees Happy:
Companies in the top quartile for engaged employees had a 22 percent higher profitability and 10 percent higher customer ratings.
So why do a mere 30 percent of employees in the U.S. (and just 13 percent internationally) say that they feel engaged at work?
Because unless hypnosis is one of your specialties, then you’re not going to be able to make a group of people 100% happy and productive 100% of the time.
Because if you’ve done your job right, you’ve hired a diverse set of people who can work well together and bring different strengths to the table.
But having a diverse group of people means that you must cater to many different needs. If you try a blanket approach with just one program or initiative to try and make your employees happy, then it might not work for everyone.
So if you’re braindead and wondering what to do to make your employees happier, more productive, and want to stick around, check out this list of what the experts have to say:
Compliment a job well done
Linkedin influencer Randy Kessler says that the key to employee happiness is to compliment them often. “Criticism often comes too easily,” says Kessler.
I am sure many employees feel this pain. Kessler goes on to argue that because compliments are scarcer than criticisms, their employees receive them with much more appreciation.
He also makes the assumption that compliments make people happy, but I don’t think many people would argue otherwise. “Sure financial rewards, bonuses, perks all help, but a compliment costs you nothing and may be much more powerful.
Try it for a week; I am sure you will notice a difference.”
Learn more about your team
Molly Owens, CEO of Truity (an online personality assessment website), knows a thing or two about what makes people tick. She says that the simple answer to keeping your employees happy is to learn more about your team.
“Discuss your employees’ strengths and weaknesses, and try using psychometrics to determine what kind of personalities you have in the office,” says Owens.
“The 2015 Strengths @ Work Survey—performed by Michelle McQuaid and the VIA Institute—show that 78 percent of managers who take the time to learn their employees’ strengths have employees who are more energized and engaged by their work.”
No doubt, when employees understand what their strengths are, they can think more actively of ways to use them to contribute to the team.
Show them you care
Val Matta, Vice President of Business Development at CareerShift, says that employees need recognition. This doesn’t just go as far as praising them for a job well done or giving them a pat on the back.
“Employees need recognition,” says Matta, “In the past, that has typically meant raises and bonuses. Today, more and more employees are looking for better advancement opportunities.”
So how do you show an employee that your company is a place that they can keep growing? Show that you trust them now with the duties they’ve been given.
Matta goes on, “BambooHR found that 80 percent of 30-44 year olds consider a boss who doesn’t trust them or empower them a ‘deal breaker.’ These employees often feel like they have earned their role on the team and should be trusted to perform their duties at a high level.”
Matta encourages employers to review their company’s practices and discuss how they affect their employees. “Remember,” she says, “employees are looking for a manager who cares.”