Easy Ways to Improve Employee Satisfaction

As a business owner, it is easy to see why happy employees make for good workers. If you feel like your employees could be happier, there are some easy ways to improve this. A low turnover is a good thing for a company and can help you to attract dedicated staff who are willing to work for you for quite some time. Here are some easy ways you can improve your employee satisfaction.

Take Their Ideas on Board

When you are getting ready to launch a new project, you will inevitably have to undertake some form of brainstorming session. Limiting this to just you and other senior members of staff is unlikely to be conducive and might create a divide between staff members.

If possible, try to encourage brainstorming with everyone, or at least with the entire team who will be handling the project. The more people you can find to contribute to the project, the more ideas you will have floating around. You could end up with an entirely new approach to the project and a fresh way of thinking. It will also indicate to those who might be a little afraid of speaking up that you are willing to take on board thoughts from everyone. An office which is truly collaborative will be able to approach and solve issues much more easily than one which only relies on a few people for solutions.

Put Together Some Employee Benefits

If employees feel like they are well cared for, they are going to come to work in a much better mood. One of the best things you can do is put together a set of employee benefits. Through an employee benefits software from Zest, you can make an interactive system which employees can use to monitor their benefits. Zest has put together a truly flexible package so you can include any benefits, even bonuses, to be laid out to the employee in a way which they can understand perfectly.

Employee benefits really help to motivate your workers. With the right set of packages, they will feel like a valued member of the team. Little motivation tasks like this are an effective way of targeting multiple members of your staff. Schemes like commission are good but they can result in some people actually getting demotivated if they are not performing well. Offering a comprehensive list of benefits lets your staff know that they are being looked after no matter what.

Keep the Door Open

One of the most important things you can do as a manager is to be approachable and ready to listen to concerns. Ideally, you want to foster an "open door" policy so your staff will know that they can go to you whenever they have an issue.

Whether it is a problem within work or something bothering them at home, they should be able to go to you and talk about it if it will affect their ability to do their job. If they know that their working environment is one which is welcoming, open, and accepting, they will feel much more at home. Feeling comfortable in the workplace is a great motivator.

As an employer, the wellbeing of your staff should be high on your agenda. With a grumpy staff, you are not going to see much progression from the business. However, if you have a staff which is well-cared for, you will often find that they will go above and beyond to keep the business going. Think you could care for your staff better? Start making plans to increase employee satisfaction today.

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Tempted To Dial Your Ex: 5 Ways To Know Whether Or Not You Should Contact An Old Flame

Thinking of ringing up your ex during these uncertain times? Maybe you want an excuse to contact your ex, or maybe you genuinely feel the need to connect with someone on an emotional level. As a matchmaker and relationship expert, I was surprised at the start of the coronavirus quarantine when friends were telling me that they were contacting their exes! But as social distancing has grown to be more than a short-term situation, we must avoid seeking short-term solutions—and resist the urge to dial an ex.

It stands to reason that you would contact an ex for support. After all, who knows you and your fears better than an ex? This all translates into someone who you think can provide comfort and support. As a matchmaker, I already know that people can spark and ignite relationships virtually that can lead to offline love, but lonely singles didn't necessarily believe this or understand this initially, which drives them straight back to a familiar ex. You only need to tune into Love Is Blind to test this theory or look to Dina Lohan and her virtual boyfriend.

At the start of lockdown, singles were already feeling lonely. There were studies that said as much as 3 out of 4 people were lonely, and that was before lockdown. Singles were worried that dating someone was going to be off limits for a very long time. Now when you factor in a widespread pandemic and the psychological impact that hits when you have to be in isolation and can't see anyone but your takeout delivery person, we end up understanding this urge to contact an ex.

So, what should you do if you are tempted to ring up an old flame? How do you know if it's the wrong thing or the right thing to do in a time like this? Check out a few of my points before deciding on picking up that phone to text, much less call an ex.

Before You Dial The Ex...

First, you need to phone a friend! It's the person that got you through this breakup to begin with. Let them remind you of the good, the bad and the ugly before taking this first step and risk getting sucked back in.

What was the reason for your breakup? As I mentioned before, you could get sucked back in… but that might not be a bad thing. It depends; when you phoned that friend to remind you, did she remind you of good or bad things during the breakup? It's possible that you both just had to take jobs in different cities, and the breakup wasn't due to a problem in the relationship. Have these problems resolved if there were issues?

You want to come from a good place of reflection and not let bad habits make the choice for you.

Depending on the reason for the breakup, set your boundaries for how much contact beforehand. If there was abuse or toxic behaviors in the relationship, don't even go there. You can't afford to repeat this relationship again.

If you know you shouldn't be contacting this ex but feel lonely, set up a support system ahead of time. Set up activities or things to fall back on to resist the urge. Maybe you phone a different friend, join a virtual happy hour for singles, or binge watch Netflix. Anything else is acceptable, but don't phone that ex.

Write down your reasons for wanting to contact the ex. Ask yourself if this is worth the pain. Are you flea-bagging again, or is there a friendship to be had, which will provide you with genuine comfort? If it's the latter, it's okay to go there. If it's an excuse to go back together and make contact, don't.

Decide how far you are willing to take the relationship this time, without it being a rinse and repeat. If you broke up for reasons beyond your control, it's okay. If your ex was a serial cheater, phone a friend instead.

If there was abuse or toxic behaviors in the relationship, don't even go there. You can't afford to repeat this relationship again.

As life returns to a more normal state and you adjust to the new normal, we will slowly begin to notice more balance in our lives. You want to come from a good place of reflection and not let bad habits make the choice for you. Some do's and don'ts for this time would be:

  • Do: exercise ⁠— taking care of you is important during this time. It's self-care and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
  • Do: shower, brush your teeth, and get out of your sweats.
  • Don't: be a couch potato.
  • Don't: drink or eat excessively during this time. Again, remember to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
  • Do: think positive thoughts everyday and write down the 3 things you are grateful for. Look at the impact of John Krasinksi's SGN. It's uplifting and when you feel good, you won't want to slide backwards.
  • Don't: contact a toxic ex. It's a backward move in a moment of uncertainty that could have a long term impact. Why continue flea bagging yourself?