Part of your role as a good manager is to keep your employees happy. This can be difficult for small business owners who have never had to be the boss before, as managing people is not a skill that comes naturally to every person – that is why the top people in any organisation are paid so much more than the people they tell what to do! Here are our Top 5 Tips for keeping employees happy:
1. The first step is to acknowledge that employee morale is an important issue and that neglecting to properly deal with it can result in the overall productivity of your business being negatively impacted through lack of motivation, illness, absence or, in some cases, even lead to staff leaving your company.
2. Be aware that unhappiness at work is not an uncommon problem (in fact, it is estimated that 70% of the US workforce are “not engaged” or “actively disengaged” at work, but people tend to work in small businesses to avoid a lot of the things that would make them unhappy in the office environment.
3. If you are unsure if there is a problem with employee morale in your company, don’t be afraid to ask. Try to make this as informal as possible and show that you are genuinely interested in improving working life for your staff – they will be more inclined to be honest with you.
4. Allow employees to work from home if possible and if they feel it would help their work life balance. Try to incorporate their own technology devices (smartphones, laptops etc.) into the business and implement a BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) policy.
5. Try to make easier for the employee to live a healthy lifestyle. If they are sat at their desk from 9-5 each day with no physical activity it can be harmful to both their body and state of mind. Increasingly, trendy tech startups have the option for developers to work standing up at specially designed desks and this could well catch on in standard offices too.