It’s not unreasonable to think that a happy employee will be a more productive employee. That’s kind of human nature, isn’t it? If you’re recognized for your hard work and you’re praised for something that you’ve done well, that typically makes you feel good. If you’re completely ignored, no matter how hard you work, or if you feel like your ideas aren’t heard- then you probably won’t experience a sense of self-worth in your position. This is relevant in all aspects of our lives, not just when it comes to employment. It’s easy to forget these simple truths of life when we’re caught up in the daily chaos and hubbub of work, so we’ve compiled a list of things that you should keep in the back of your mind to promote the type of engagement and productivity that you’d like to see from your employees and coworkers.
- Share the wealth. First and foremost, we all go to work every day to make money to provide for our families and ourselves. Do not lose sight of the fact that each and every person in every organization is primarily there to earn a living. Don’t be too stingy. Evaluate your employees regularly and understand if they’re underpaid or are lacking in benefits. One of the quickest ways to alienate employees, lose their respect, and eventually have them leave you is by neglecting raises and promotions, especially if it’s obvious that business is on the incline.
- Listen. When it comes to implementing new processes or considering going after new markets, get the ideas from your employees. The people that actually do the processes every day are the ones that really want to be heard. They want their ideas to be put in motion and they don’t want to be completely ignored. Likely the easiest way to earn respect and increase employee pride and production is simply by hearing them!
- Keep it fun. Even though we’re at work, we don’t want it to feel like work. While that might be a wish and a pipe-dream in some situations, it shouldn’t be hard to offer some sort of fun incentive to promote internal competition. Simply putting a gift card or convenient, dedicated parking spot on the line each week or month is an effective method of increasing production and employee participation.
- Comfortable climate and atmosphere. Where possible, keeping working conditions comfortable in temperature and humidity can go a long way in promoting employee happiness. If you’re in a 90 degree, 70% humidity environment for any length of time, you will likely feel hot, drained, and annoyed.
These are in no way the only ways to promote employee buy-in or engagement within an organization. They’re just some of the easiest and most effective ways to build a good working relationship with your employees. This guide is an excellent document to better understand the science behind employee happiness and the reflection that moral has on engagement and production. Happy employees are more productive employees – so put it at the top of your priority list.