Satisfied and engaged employees are the backbone of every business, whether or not some business owners would like to admit it. Without employees, entire business operations come to a halt and companies start losing money. That’s why many business owners are trying their best to keep their workforce happy and engaged as best they can, in order not to just retain them but to keep them productive as well.
It’s important to understand that employees work hard and eventually get exhausted, especially when their hard work goes unappreciated. Making sure your employees are satisfied isn’t rocket science. All you have to do is pay attention to your employees and give them recognition for all the work they do, while rewarding them accordingly. Even a small token of appreciation can go a long way to make someone’s day a lot better. Here are a few small things your employees will appreciate.
Employees enjoy knowing the fact that their hard work didn’t go unnoticed. If your employees did an excellent job on a project, make sure you let them know how proud you are. A simple grateful email to the employee’s inbox doesn’t really show appreciation. Instead, be vocal about it and praise your employees in front of everyone. That way, your employees will feel encouraged to continue with the hard work and they’ll know you’ll commend them for future accomplishments.
Flexible work hours
Allowing your employees to make their own work schedule can be a reward more valuable than money. Flexible work hours can mean a lot to your employees and it will definitely make them happy. From the employer’s perspective, it doesn’t really matter when the employees will start or finish their tasks during the day, as long as the work gets done. As for the employees, more flexible work hours can mean more time to reconnect with friends or family, go on a date or not having to hire a babysitter for their kids. Work time flexibility can truly show your appreciation and it won’t cost you anything.
Small tokens of appreciation are always a welcomed sight for employees because it shows that the upper management notices them. These small rewards may not have significant value per se, but they can definitely make one’s day. When you feel like rewarding your employees, try handing out coffee mugs, flash drives, promotional pens etc. Apart from showing appreciation, these items are always useful to have around. You can also make sure those items are personalized to appeal to a specific employee. That way, you’ll surely bring a smile to their faces.
Extra vacation days
Everyone needs a vacation, employers and employees alike – everyone needs to clear their thoughts and recharge their energy so that they can continue to be productive at work. The usual business policy of two weeks of vacation per year, not including sick days and holidays, seems a bit unfair. Sometimes, work can get so overwhelming that a two-week rest simply isn’t enough for employees to get back on track.
As appreciation for all the hard work your employees do, try to give them extended vacations or add extra paid leave for workers to take when they need. That way, your employees will be much happier, and they will be much more productive once they had sufficient time to rest appropriately.
Birthday parties have always been sort of a big deal for most people. Nowadays, with a busy schedule and a lot of work on the plate, some people simply don’t have the time to have a proper birthday party. As a boss who wants to make their employees happy, you can throw a surprise birthday celebration where other employees can pitch in. Celebrations are always a good way to lift spirits and improve the overall company morale. As a matter of fact, even having a birthday party at the office is better than not having a birthday party at all.
A treat from a boss
A good way to connect more personally with your employees and engage with them is to take them out for lunch. Sure, if your company employs a lot of workers, taking everyone at the same time might be complicated. However, no one said you can’t divide your workforce to smaller groups and treat them with lunch one by one. You can take employees by departments and run a competition to see which department goes first. That way, your employees will be more easygoing and comfortable, knowing that the boss is no boogeyman.
Employee satisfaction directly affects employee engagement and engaged employees are more loyal and productive. Making sure your employees are happy also helps prevent turnovers, which might cost you more money than you’d expect.