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How to keep your employees happy at work (and why It’s important to do so!)

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Last Updated on by Noni May

Running a successful company requires great employees. People who are dedicated, work hard and are good at their job. Reducing staff turnover and keeping morale high within your team can be done in the following ways. Even when you don’t run a big team but if it’s just an assistant, an intern and you, it’s important so keep reading. 

Listen To Your Employees

Never underestimate the simple things- just listening to your employees can make them feel happier and more valuable. Complaints, queries or praise, spending a little time taking your workers opinions on board not only builds trust but they may well have some valuable information about things you may have overlooked in the business. Being a boss that people are comfortable approaching and speaking to is likely to reduce staff turnover too which is beneficial for you, as you’re not constantly having to recruit new employees and spend time and resources training them. Research has shown that a tough boss doesn’t make people work harder. It just equates to more stress, which in many cases doesn’t allow your staff to do their best work.

Consider Your Office Space

Your office is one aspect of your business that shouldn’t be overlooked. It’s at the heart of what you do, and not only does a well thought out space look good to customers and clients but it benefits your staff too. Having a bright and airy office to work from each day can boost mood, and arranging the layout so that desks are next to windows, for example, will help to make them feel happier and more energized. This is because natural light boosts mood and productivity, as opposed to dim fluorescents which can make it feel dingy and unappealing. Giving staff great equipment to use- such as decent computers with up to date software- allows them to do their job quickly and efficiently. Choosing ergonomically designed tables and chairs are also something you should consider. This will reduce things like neck, back and wrist problems which can be common in an office environment. You will need your office to keep your staff happy and healthy.

Offer Good Employee Benefits

The right employee benefits will make your company an appealing place to work. This allows you to snag the best employees who will be an asset to your business. It could be things like health and life insurance, disability plans, retirement and pension packages. Other things you could consider which will keep employees happy and again make your company an attractive place to work include a company smartphone, laptop or even a company car. In the case of staff members such as salespeople who need to travel around a lot with their role, this will make their job much easier.

Consider HR Training

Human Relations law covers things like recruitment, discipline, minimizing absence and law such as discrimination, harassment, and investigation. HR training allows you to ensure everything is handled fairly, responsibly and by the book. It allows you to keep up to date with the law, and it can reduce the risk of issues such as employment tribunals.

Team Building Activities

Good communication and trust between employees are vital for the smooth running of your business. It will also increase your employee happiness too. You can do this by investing in some good team building activities. This could be done at the office, or it could be a set day out somewhere. You could treat the staff to the occasional social gathering such as a meal. This allows everyone to get to know each other better and will enable them to work together more efficiently in the office.

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