Your employees are the driving force of your business- as things begin to grow there’s no way you’re able to do every job yourself. And so you have to rely on them to do good work for you, but there are lots of things that can affect their productivity.
Providing a good wage isn’t necessarily enough these days, with so much competition your employees could easily go and work for one of your competitors.
Here are some things you can do to alleviate this, by boosting mood and ensuring that everything is run to the best standard.
Ensure your HR department is up to scratch
Your human relations department are responsible for managing your staff, and so ensuring that this is up to scratch is important when you’re considering employee happiness.
The right software can be a huge help, take this Core HR software for example which centralizes and automates all of your people management making everything quick and efficient.
Another alternative would be to outsource your HR department to a third party company, this is useful if you don’t want the time, hassle or expense of expanding your current HR team.
As the company you hire will be specialists in the area, you have peace of mind that everything is being done to the best standard, following the most up to date employment laws.
Allow employees to work remotely
Allowing employees to work from home, even if it’s only for a couple of days a week will always go down well. Without the time or expense of commuting and the flexibility to manage their own workload for the day it can massively reduce stress and boost happiness.
If you set tasks for the day and a deadline, employees can work through them at their own rate without feeling micromanaged, and because they’re likely to be happier and more comfortable, you’re likely to see an improved quality of work too.
A remote workforce is something that companies all over the world are seeing the benefits of. They can even reduce sick days- think about it.
There are lots of occasions where you might be too ill to physically get up, commute and sit in work all day (and risking infecting employees). But still be well enough to work from your computer in bed. If you want to improve worker happiness, this is one to consider.
Encourage exercise and activity
Most of us tend to have very sedentary jobs which can lead to all kinds of issues. If your workers are usually sat for most of the day, encouraging them to get up and move around can go a long way.
It can get rid of brain fog and cloudy thinking that can come with sitting in one spot for too long. It can relieve restless energy, and if you can get them outside the daylight is a natural mood booster.
It doesn’t need to be a gym session every lunchtime, but a ten minute break where they can stretch their legs and walk around the building could really improve productivity.
Business owners- what kinds of ideas have you considered to keep your employees satisfied?