We’re always on the lookout for tips to engage employees and keep them happy. Workers are the most important part of any operation. So how can we reach the top performers to ensure they stay on board and satisfied?
We here at The Methodology Blog are always focused on how to have a thriving business. The only way you can reach the top, though, is to make sure your employees are being taken care of. If you want to improve productivity among your workers or learn how to be a better boss, then we have you covered. Now, it’s time we take a look at your most productive employees. They’re the ones you can always count on to get their work done. Maybe they take on extra duties without huffing and puffing or have the most sales in their department. These are your stars and it’s important to keep them happy so they don’t go sniffing around for new work elsewhere. Every employee is important.
Of course, we’re not saying to show favoritism. Heather Huhman provided some good insight in her article for Entrepreneur about how you can make sure that your top performers stay happy and employed by you. She referenced a study in which Google announced what is most important to them – employee happiness. They recognize that happy employees are about 12% more productive. Check out Huhman’s tips below along with some of our thoughts!
1. Promote a collaborative work environment.
Do you prefer going to work, putting your head down, and just getting your work done? Well, you would be in the minority in that thought process. It may surprise you to find out that most employees have reported that they would prefer to work in an environment that is collaborative. Singling out one employee for one specific task may be the wrong direction to take, now. So how can you create this kind of atmosphere? Pair off your employees for projects. Get your managers involved. Make sure everyone knows they can speak freely without judgement.
2. Offer free lunches.
Who doesn’t love food? Mention some scrumptious item around people and really take stock in how many reactions you get. We love to eat. So the fact that workers who receive company provided meals are more likely to collaborate only makes this fact even more beneficial to you. 54% of over a thousand workers that were surveyed by Seamless reported that they would spend more of their time at work if they weren’t wasting time packing lunches. On top of that, 60% said they would feel more appreciated if their employers provided them with food items at work. The solution is pretty clear.
3. Develop mindful managers.
Managers are the point of contact for employers. So it isn’t very surprising that managers affect employee productivity. One study from Singapore Management University showed that increasing the mindfulness of supervisors lead to not only a better work-life balance, but greater overall happiness. Encourage your managers to be aware of their employees. It can be easy to slip into a robotic routine of barking out orders or demanding results. Make sure they’re standing behind their workers and not over-working them!
4. Encourage peer-to-peer recognition.
TINYhr’s engagement and organizational culture report taught us something very important. 44% of those surveyed said they would love to give their co-workers some much deserved recognition – if they had the tools to do so. Using some online platforms and other software tools, you can make this happen. Receiving praise from your peers can sometimes mean more than when it comes from higher-ups.
5. Focus on positive relationships.
Boston Consulting Group came out with a study that really backs this idea. They surveyed 200,000 people and found that relationships between workers and managers are one of the top 10 ways to keep employees satisfied. It’s important to have a relationship beyond work. Creating ties on a personal level is a good way to make employees feel valued. Promote creating friendships and bonds! Have gatherings outside of work or plan work outings. Your employees will thank you for it!