It’s important to keep your Employees motivated, but it’s vital to know how to keep your Employees happy. Contrary to what most Managers would have you believe, it’s not all about the money! Taking responsibility for losing an employee isn’t something most employers are adept at, for obvious reasons, but this also works both ways. Many employees blame monetary reasons to buffer any probing questions over their departure.
On the whole, research shows that managers are at the heart of most employees departure, whatever the reason. It’s vital that Managers learn how to keep their employees happy and motivated.
Here are Ways That You Can Help:
- Recognition and reward – No matter what level the position in a workplace, rewarding an employee drives up standards. Recognising the commitment and effort staff place on the company, incentivises the workforce. By making it clear what the rewards are and distributing fairly across the boards, employees see the benefits of their effort.
- Communication – Honest and frequent communication between staff and managers leads to healthy, constructive discussions of workplace issues. For Managers and Team leaders to get the best out of speaking in front of their workforce, why not enrol them on a workshop to speak with impact and charisma. The better the speaker, the better the result!
- Make the chores work for the employee – By making the employees task challenging and exciting, you are guaranteeing to get the best possible outcome. Regularly ask employees to rate their satisfaction levels, and where needed work together to make them better.
- Managerial Incentives – It’s not just employees that need incentives, it’s the Managers too! Regularly reward managers for encouraging and developing their employees and ensure that employees are held accountable for their personal development and tasks.
- Trust your staff – Learn to let go… You’ve employed your workforce to do a job, so let them do it. If you’ve taught them correctly, they will competently carry out the tasks they’ve been assigned.
- Involve staff in the business progress – By providing employees with periodic reports on the effect their projects are having on the business, they will gain personal satisfaction knowing they have a positive impact.
How to Control the Wage War
Contrary to another belief, a Manager can’t just throw money at an employee to keep them happy. It’s important to set the money rules early on, at interview stage, giving a ‘cash centric’ employee the opportunity to look elsewhere if not happy.
This doesn’t mean, however, that wage increases shouldn’t be part of an incentive. Every business should have a ladder, and every employee should be offered a pathway to the top, with plenty of help along the way. Statistics show that even with competitive salaries abound, it’s poor man management and bad business practice that cause staff to quit.
Look at The Job, Not the Employee
Is the task you’re asking your staff to do something you would be happy to carry out. If not, WHY not? Is the working environment acceptable, the dress code comfortable and do staff feel able to approach the Management?
All of the above can, and should, be implemented in the workplace to enable optimum employee happiness. A happy and content employee doesn’t flourish solo, as the bestselling author of The Happiness Project, Gretchen Rubin discovered:
Happy employees are better team players. They are more likely to help others and tackle the big issues confronting them at work.