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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Help! My Friend Is a No Show
Dear Armchair Psychologist,
I have a friend who doesn't reply to my messages about meeting for dinner, etc. Although, last week I ran into her at a local restaurant of mine, it has always been awkward to be friends with her. Should I continue our friendship or discontinue it? We've been friends for a total four years and nothing has changed. I don't feel as comfortable with her as my other close friends, and I don't think I'll ever be able to reach that comfort zone in pure friendship.
Dear Sadsies,I am sorry to hear you've been neglected by your friend. You may already have the answer to your question, since you're evaluating the non-existing bond between yourself and your friend. However, I'll gladly affirm to you that a friendship that isn't reciprocated is not a good friendship.
I have had a similar situation with a friend whom I'd grown up with but who was also consistently a very negative person, a true Debby Downer. One day, I just had enough of her criticism and vitriol. I stopped making excuses for her and dumped her. It was a great decision and I haven't looked back. With that in mind, it could be possible that something has changed in your friend's life, but it's insignificant if she isn't responding to you. It's time to dump her and spend your energy where it's appreciated. Don't dwell on this friend. History is not enough to create a lasting bond, it only means just that—you and your friend have history—so let her be history!
- The Armchair Psychologist