Your business is only as good as the effort and efficiency of the employees that help you run it. If your employees are thriving, your business will too. On the contrary, if they are unhappy and unsatisfied, things won’t go well in the office. Here are some ways to boost morale and keep your employees happy.
Make It Easier for Them to Do Their Jobs
Though challenge is a part of the work environment, your employee’s jobs should not be difficult to do because of inefficient equipment and a poor environment. There’s nothing worse than having old computers, dated software, and horrible IT service. Or even worse, outdated security software that works overtime on your PC, crashing dramatically every time it runs a ‘background’ virus check. It’s important to invest in the hardware and software your employees need to do their jobs well. Do also make secure web browsing a priority to reduce risk to your network and workflow.
Nurture Your Company Culture
Whether you think it or not, your company has a culture. It’s likely neither good or bad but somewhere in the middle, as it’s impossible to please everyone all the time. But it is possible to cultivate a culture that is supportive, kind, and fair. Be transparent and honest in all of your dealings and this will naturally flow to your staff. If you say you’re going to promote someone, do it. If an employee survey shows people are unhappy, make changes. Foster honesty in your most junior team members and encourage them to challenge you.
Offer Learning Opportunities
Providing opportunities for training and development will enable your staff to grow and build important skills. This type of benefit will also help prevent them from leaving your company to seek opportunities elsewhere.
Provide access to learning resources or invite external training companies to come and give talks on management, resilience and conflict resolution. Let your staff request training or make sure their managers suggest training to them directly.
Invest in a Quality HR Team
Create a strong HR team from the beginning of your company. It’s imperative that everyone works in HR understands and embraces your vision in all they do. They need strong communication skills and the ability to stay calm in stressful situations. In some ways, this team is the most important one in the company, as they deal with every person and likely most situations that arise.
Make Them Proud to Work for You
Those people who go around bragging about the company they work for are happy employees! This happens when they are respected, praised, and well-taken care of. Companies that invest in their core values and champion diversity and inclusivity in their workplace tend to keep employees longer and have more success.
Your employees are also watching what you do outside of work. Take the opportunity to improve lives outside of the company by reaching out to local charities and communities, and better yet, make sure your team gets involved.
Strong companies also utilize the potential of their staff by encouraging events after work, whether it’s a women’s group or an outdoor yoga event. Encouraging staff to interact will increase their loyalty and pride in the company.
Taking the time to address your team morale will make your business much stronger. Just think about what would make you happy to come to work every day and try to implement that across the board for your staff.