Contributed by Suffolk Chamber of Commerce
1/04/2021 - People Matters
Ensuring a happier workplace is an essential factor to staff retention and a productive office. When employees are displeased, morale can quickly become an issue. Then a pervasive negative attitude can quickly smother relationships with clients. At which point, it becomes difficult to maintain sales growth.
Here are 5 handy tips for creating a happier workplace this year.
While work is… well.. work… it doesn’t need to be a drudgery.
It’s possible to alternate assignments and mix things up so that a single employee is not stuck powering through the same work, day in, day out. This can be tedious, create lower morale, and cause them to be less satisfied in their work.
Mix up the assignments to avoid them becoming routine. Do what you can as a manager to provide different assignments that speak to their interests and/or natural talents. This will be appreciated and help to keep them actively engaged too.
It’s not just working mums that need to get out of work earlier to run an errand or to pick up the kids. Employees, in general, can benefit from a better work/life balance including greater flexibility.
Lately, remote working has shown companies that employees can be productive when working from home or in the office. Staff don’t need to always be in the office to be entrusted with completing important tasks.
In the meantime, allowing for flexible hours, taking short breaks to run an errand, and otherwise being a little less strict with work times allows employees to take care of nagging problems.
While putting up Staff Photo Boards at a retail store is helpful for customers, they can be used in another way in a closed office environment.
Using Staff Photo Boards to highlight both the past and present Employee of the Month can give recognition where it’s due. When there’s a prize or some other tangible benefit to achieving this status, it can remind staff that high performance is rewarded.
Get Acrylic Photo Frames has several designs of photo boards, including ones with a protective security cover, to present the staff photos in their best light. Their boards can be used to showcase all the employees working at that location, or just specific ones that the management wishes to highlight.
Employees are adults. While that still makes them fallible, it also means that they can be entrusted with serious work responsibilities too.
Avoid micromanaging your team members by being all over them. Ensure they have the right training and tools to do their job well. Advise them what is needed, and by when, and then let them get on with it.
When left to their own devices, they’ll feel more trustworthy and pleased to take on the burden of responsibility. Approaching them that way will be more cooperative, and it won’t be necessary to excessively manage them to get results. A win-win.
The staff works more cooperatively when they’re pushing towards a common purpose. Not every company can have that, but the idea with Mission Statements is along those lines yet often falls short.
Focus attention on improvements that deliver on the purpose of the business, whether that’s helping customers, providing better solutions in the industry, or something else. People benefit from having a worthy goal to aim towards.
Creating a happier work environment isn’t any one thing. It’s a collection of things working in harmony to produce an office that’s pleasant to be in. Sometimes, that too requires work.
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