Employee happiness is a valuable resource for companies and a barometer for the success of an organization. Happy employees are hard workers. They're more likely to go above and beyond what's asked of them. They're also less likely to quit, reducing turnover costs and other expenses that come from position vacancies.
Regardless of how much money your organization has, you can always put employee happiness first. Here are a few top tips to try.
1. Focus on employee health.
Healthy employees are happy employees. If your team members aren’t sleeping well, have poor diets, and don’t have time to work out, they'll become physically and mentally weak. While you can’t control everything your staff does, you can create incentives for your workers to improve their health. Consider investing in an office fitness challenge app for employees to track their steps, calories, and other health goals. This creates a sense of friendly competition to see who can make the healthiest choices.
2. Prioritize a strong work-life balance.
It's easy to get so caught up in projects and deadlines that you forget your employees are humans, too. They need breaks, or they're likely to get burned out. Employers that view employee vacations as frustrating barriers to production are missing the point. When team members take time off, they return refreshed and excited. They have better ideas and are able to focus on tasks for longer periods of time. Vacation time is a benefit for employers and employees.
Consider developing a work-life balance policy in your organization that sets limits for when employees can be reached. Along with setting guidelines for vacation time, let team members unplug at night and on weekends so they can return to the office ready to work.
3. Automate basic tasks.
Your employees want to be challenged in their work. They want to learn about the industry and grow their knowledge and experience. This becomes hard when their days are filled with basic tasks that could be done automatically. Evaluate your systems and see where technology can help. For example, if you invest in an automated customer service system, your team members would be able to step into call center quality assurance roles.
Plus, automating basic tasks frees up time, allowing your employees to work on more complex and lucrative projects.
4. Create a career pathway.
Automating basic tasks will make your employees happy because they can focus on their career pathways. Your team members each have goals for their careers. Some want to advance within the company while others want to work in different departments and acquire new skillsets.
Make sure each employee feels heard and has chances to learn. This could mean shadowing another department head for a week or taking online courses to learn new skills. By investing in your staff members, you're building their skills and their loyalty to your organization.
5. Be transparent and honest.
Secrets create anxiety in the workplace. Most people tend to assume the secret involves them and somehow is tied back to their future within the organization. Secrets and gossip can also create cliques and a toxic work environment, pairing “those who know,” against those who do not.
Focus on creating transparency in your workplace. If you have bad news to deliver, make a company announcement. Encourage managers to be open with their employees as often as they can. This prevents people from assuming the worst and acting rashly because they are afraid of bad news.
When you make decisions with your employees in mind, you can boost their happiness and pride in their work. This leads to better results for your organization, helping your profits grow.