Many companies are starting to see how important it is to keep their employees happy. Trust is a key component in running a successful organization. What workplace changes do you want to see?
If you take a look at the 2016 Employee Job Satisfaction and Engagement report from the Society for Human Resource Management, you’ll see that about 55 percent of workers who were surveyed rated trust between employees and their management as important to their job satisfaction levels. Yet, only 27 percent could say they were actually satisfied in this area. Where is the lack of trust coming from and why are workers feeling so wary of their employers? Entrepreneur decided to dive deeper into this issue and reported back with some amazing ideas to increase morale in the workplace. Check them out below!
1. Keep communication open.
If you want your employees and coworkers to trust you, then you have to value transparency. If the company isn’t handling the rumor mill and keeping an open door policy, then you’re likely to get some suspicious glances thrown your way. Have suggestion boxes or open discussions regularly to address concerns. Don’t give non-answers, people can tell when they’re being fibbed to!
2. Remind them they’re valued.
I can honestly say that the biggest problem I came across throughout my years of employment at different companies was not feeling valued. I tend to blame that on the fact that a lot of employers see their workers as replaceable since the job market is so fierce. Don’t like it? Well, there’s hundreds behind you willing to deal with feeling undervalued in order to get a paycheck. If you want to keep your organization staffed with good workers, you have to recognize their value!
3. Emphasize the importance of fun.
We all tend to feel like our career path is out of our control at times which is easily one of the most stressful aspects of working. Combat that with fun. Not only does it make your employees feel like you care, but it eases stress levels, too!
Do this by surprising teams with half-days or long weekends off. Call an impromptu meeting on a Friday and share all the successes and accomplishments employees have recently earned. Then reveal that employees’ “next project” is to take a long weekend off.
4. Work on team-building.
If your employees don’t feel like a cohesive, comfortable unit, then productivity will surely suffer. Supporting the idea of collaboration among your teams is important in creating that feeling of unity.
Your staff should also be encouraged to share who they are individually, and to let their personalities shine. Start an “about me” wall, where employees recount stories on sticky notes and place them under categories on a white board. These topics could be “my first day,” “personal hobbies,” “most proud moment” or “biggest work project.”
If creativity and problem-solving are things you value in your workers, this is a surefire way to encourage that to grow.
5. Create more positive workplace energy.
This, to me, should be number one. I can’t tell you how many times I would dread going to work simply because the environment wasn’t happy. Coworkers dragging themselves and their big black cloud of energy over their heads into the office everyday is awful. If we’re being realistic, most people would rather not have to go to work everyday. It’s not usually the best part of your day. But if the job itself and the people you work with have good, positive energy, it makes work more enjoyable. Look into making the office more comfortable, upgrading office equipment, or having a ‘relaxation room’ for open use!