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6 Ways to Keep Your Employees Happy
The single greatest means to productivity in the workplace is happy employees, according to the Better Business Bureau. Work is called work for a reason, but good employers know that their employees deserve to have a little fun every once in a while. Employees need to know they are appreciated or else they can lose their drive to perform well. Learn six ways to keep your employees happy. After all, happy employees are productive employees.
Pay them fairly
Money isn’t the key to employee happiness, but it is a big factor. While it can be tough for most companies to hand out huge salary and benefits packages or throw enormous raises at their employees, they can at least pay them fairly. Pay your employees at least the industry average, and offer the opportunity for respectable raises based on performance. This should keep your employees motivated to perform well. According to the BBB, though money is important, it does not buy employee happiness. There are several other ways to keep employees happy.
Of course employees should work hard, but they should play har, too, with things like dance parties, field trips, surprise money giveaways and free merchandise. Nugget Market CEO Eric Stille told Forbes Magazine that the company’s culture of work hard, play hard is one way of keeping employees happy and lets employees know they are appreciated, which leads to very little employee turnover.
Provide incentives and praise
Stille told Forbes Magazine that Nugget Market pays its employees for sick days they don’t use. The company also keeps employees happy by hosting employee field trips and keeps life in the office fun with things like in-office dance parties with a DJ flown in from Las Vegas. But according to Stille, it isn’t about the money, it’s about creating a great working environment that keeps employees happy and wanting to return to work every day. According to the BBB, taking care of the people who work for you by recognizing their accomplishments and providing praise keeps employees happy and feeling appreciated.
Offer career development
According to the BBB, you can keep your employees happy with career development. Learn why people are in their positions and help them achieve their job goals. Help them develop and move along in a plan that will get them to where they want to go in their careers.
Institute flex time
Another way to keep your employees happy is allow for flexible work hours. Employees have lives outside of work, including families and sometimes emergencies. Allowing employees to have some flexibility with their schedules is a great way to keep them happy.
Treat employees as equals
The BBB also suggests treating employees as you would want to be treated in order to keep them happy. Keep them informed and involved, with changes and expectations clearly communicated. Allow them to be active participants. By including them, you indicate that you value their expertise and contributions. Informed employees are happy employees.