What do you require from your workers? Is it about productive staff always hitting their targets, and knuckling down to doing real work? Or is it about having your workers feel satisfied in their roles and the business? Workplace happiness has to be high on anybody’s priority now, but it can be difficult to please everybody all of the time. So instead, you need to go and work at making your staff feel a sense of contentment. While this isn’t necessarily aiming for the stars in terms of pleasing people across the board, when we have issues in terms of budget, workflow, and acquiring custom, your employees can feel like the ground is moving beneath their feet somewhat. You’ve got to have a workforce that is content, and how can you do this?
It may seem glaringly obvious, but if your staff don’t feel secure in the most literal of senses, how are they going to be able to do their best work? It appears now that workplace fatalities are on the rise, and this means that, very soon, work accident claims will follow. This means that you are accountable for your staff safety. There are rules and regulations that you need to follow, as this is the law, but what you can do is go one step further to ensure that they feel secure in the most literal of senses. One way to do this is to protect the business. As there are so many fraudsters, hackers, and common thieves around, if your employees feel unsafe, you had better step up your game.
Don’t Let Them Worry About The Business
Employees can worry themselves sick if they feel that you aren’t delivering the goods. It is your responsibility to worry about what’s going on, not them. But if employees don’t feel you are taking their concerns on board, they could very well lose faith in your abilities as a leader. And so, they will soon jump ship. Business concerns are all for you, not them. But if people are beginning to get concerned, this highlights your ineffectiveness as a leader. Remember, it’s you that sets the template in terms of workplace attitudes and culture. Providing a more relaxing atmosphere can be difficult during uncertain times, but if you can provide them with the assurance that you are doing everything you can, this goes a long way to rebuild trust.
Keeping your employees in the dark about anything is a surefire way to get them to leave. You’d be surprised how many business leaders try their best to conceal their motives and actions. Part of what entails a thriving and healthy business is that open-door policy. So many times, we see businesses operating a “do as I say, not as I do” approach. But now, there are those businesses that are more holistic in terms of their working practices. And we can learn from these people in many ways, not least by their approach to communicating with employees. It’s an overstated component. But communication is something that can improve over time. As humans, we can find ourselves being incredibly defensive, and not so keen to open up for fear of failure or reprisal. But this is where you set the template. You want to encourage an open forum, and this means getting your employees to be as honest as possible. Because our employees don’t feel able to speak their mind, it can take some time to get to this point. Give it time, and this will eventually yield the results you want.
Investing In Their Development
The right employee is someone who can develop within the framework of the business, but we see those employees that aren’t actively encouraged to develop go to places where they are supported. We need to invest in our employees’ development. And this can be done through employee development programs, or we can go right up to them and ask them what they really want. As they may see that your business provides an appropriate framework for them to develop skills on the job, they may find their development is fulfilled. But you have to go beyond this. Ensuring that your employees have extracurricular passions that you can support means that they will feel content within the business. It sounds very simple, but if you can find a way to encourage your employees to follow their passions, they will think of you in a more positive light. Encouraging employers don’t care whether it benefits the business or not. But, naturally, there are skills these days that are transferable. A very good example is the use of languages. If you have employees that are developing their language skills, this will serve you well when it comes to developing your business overseas. But as your employees may feel that they want to develop in certain ways, if you can provide that stepping stone, you are going a long way to ensure contentment.
Criminally underrated, but praising your employees for their efforts means that you are viewing them as an important piece of the business. It’s a very difficult line to tread. Some people don’t like being brought up in front of the whole office and given a cheap laminated certificate, but on the other hand, if you are singled out for something they’ve done that has really benefited the business and the bigger picture, this could mean a lot more than some cheap gift certificate. Some people love to work for the certificate, but others want to feel that they are morally sound within the business. Many people don’t know if they’re doing a good job or not, this is especially true in bigger organisations where you are left to your own devices, but if you can praise them and be honest in the feedback you give them, this will go a long way to ensure that they stay with you. Showing appreciation isn’t a difficult thing, but you would be surprised how many entrepreneurs seldom do it. There are some that are of the old guard and feel that you have to work harder and harder for nothing in return. But if you provide the little bit of praise, and, more importantly, mean it, you can ensure your employees’ contentment.
While morale is a big issue in the modern workplace, ensuring that your staff is sufficiently content is an even bigger issue.