Recruitment: How to keep your employees happy
Every great entrepreneur knows that a good employee is an asset to his company. After all, employees are a backbone of every business. This is why it so important to keep your employees happy. Especially with today’s work market, where a skilled employee is hard to find. The ageing society causes shrinkage of the workforce so we can expect that finding a right person for a vacancy will get harder and harder. Not only keeping employed workers happy will make them stay with your company longer, they will also be more loyal. Having a reputation as a good employer will also help you to get skilled employees in the future. As you can see, investing in your worker’s happiness benefits not only said worker but also the company itself. The question is: how to keep your employees happy.
Give a raise…
You can certainly give your workers a raise but remember, money is not everything. Some people value other things at workplace more than money. According to research, earnings is not what motivates worker most, especially skilled workers that hold higher positions.
As Leonard J. Glick, a professor of Northeastern University says: “The motivation comes from the things I’ve been talking about—the challenge of the work, the purpose of the work, the opportunity to learn, the opportunity to contribute.”
Of course, salary must be at a satisfactory level for the employee, to begin with. However raising it further might not bring expected results. Fortunately, there are other, non-monetary ways to keep your employees happy.
Allow the right work-life balance
As much as your employees like their work, they also need a right work-life balance. Allowing them to design their own pattern of work that suits their personal life could greatly benefit both, the company and worker. Simple solutions, such as allowing the employee to come to the office at their preferred hour or let them work from home few days a week are samples of how you can help to achieve the work-life balance in your office.
Create positive work environment
This can be achieved by building areas in the office where people can go to collaborate. A well-equipped office allows employees to focus on their work, not on other, less important things. Well-equipped and comfortable break rooms, parking spaces or public acknowledgement of accomplishment are an example of how you can achieve friendly office environment.
Include your employees
If you want your company to work like a well-oiled machine, you should seriously consider involving your employees in decision making. Workers tend to feel more involved and valued if they feel that their work has a big impact on the company. Being able to shape the future of the workplace, of course to some extent, will work very motivational on your employees, thus keep them happy.
Use ” the magic words”
For some, this might seem infantile advice but you’d be surprised, how many people don’t use such words as “please”, “thank you”, “could you”, “may I”. Such simple words can boost employees happiness on a daily basis. And a worker that feels valued in a workplace is more motivated, creative and loyal to its employer.
These are just a few examples of how you can motivate your employees and keep them happy. If you wonder what other forms of employees encouragement is used in workplace let us know.