June 18th, 2013
Happy Employees, Happy Life – Part I
Employees who are enthusiastic about their company and their position tend to be happier, more innovative and less likely to stray. Figuring out what motivates your employees is the essential first step in determining what it takes to retain top talent. Listed below are a few points to help you identify what your staff is looking for and how you can ensure they find it.
Help Them Find Balance
Yes, we get it. This is business and you need to be productive. All-nighters might be pulled, working lunches may occur, but if this is happening all the time something’s going to give, and it will most likely be your hardest working employees. Employees with jobs that consume all of their time tend to be unhappy, unhealthy and unproductive. Fostering a healthy work/life balance is vital in these days of cell phones and 24-hour email. When you can, be flexible if employees occasionally need to work from home to care for a sick child or elderly parent. Encourage them to leave early/come in late if it means they’ll be able to attend their children’s sporting events or school meetings. For a program like this to work, you have to lead by example. By showing your employees you recognize that work can’t always be their top priority, you’ll earn their loyalty, keep them happy and help your business achieve its goals.
Good managers hire good employees. Are you a good manager? Of course you are, so it stands to reason that the individuals on your team are completely capable of finalizing the tasks assigned to them.
Let them. Micromanaging can add to everyone’s stress level – including your own. People like to feel valued in all aspects of their life. Allowing your employees to make decisions and take ownership of their work shows them you believe in them. If the project was a success, be sure to throw a little credit their way in front of your boss. A little recognition goes a long way.