There’s nothing better for a company than loyal, productive, and engaged workforce. As a manager, you want your staff to feel genuinely committed to your organization. To share your goals and consistently strive to exceed expectations.
But how do you create a company culture that encourages hard work and loyalty? Simple. By keeping your employees happy.
That said, making someone happy is much easier said than done. Because employee happiness is so difficult to quantify or measure, it’s impossible to be sure of. There are obviously big differences in behavior between a happy and an unhappy employee, yet there is no foolproof formula for ensuring that your company can produce happiness.
What you can do, however, is make a conscious effort in your office to engage your workforce as much as possible. Here are a few ways to get started on improving employee engagement.
Be a Reliable, Respectful Employer
It never fails. When you respect your staff and treat your employees fairly, they recognize your goodwill towards them and work harder as a result. Strive to be a good employer. Set realistic expectations, clearly articulate company goals and provide sound direction. Employees want to feel in the loop and as though they fully understand how to succeed in the workplace.
Make Your Employees Feel Valued
Everyone wants to be recognized for a job well done. Don’t hesitate to let your employees know when they’ve impressed you. Feeling that your work has real value is one of the biggest contributors to employee happiness. Moreover, as an employer, you have the rare opportunity to make a real difference in your employees’ lives. This might mean asking about their family or their interests. Or it could be as simple as saying hello with a smile every day. Do your best to create a positive, friendly work environment. It will make a big difference to your staff.
Create an Engaging Atmosphere
The physical layout of your office is also extremely important for employee productivity and overall happiness. Most employees are looking for ample room to work and a bright, inviting space. Pay attention to your workplace and perhaps make some adjustments to ensure that it looks and feels like the kind of space that you would want to come to every day as an employee. The average professional spends 40+ hours at work every week. If your office environment isn’t a pleasant place to be, it’s far less likely that your staff will want to be productive and stay on with the company.
For more great tips on how to improve employee productivity, workforce engagement, company loyalty, contact Sparks Group today!