The simple things that keep your staff happy
Published about 5 years ago by F F
Getting the best from your staff is
probably the hardest and the most worthwhile thing any employer can do. It
involves making the workplace a fun place to be and inspiring a happy
environment. All too often employees complain that they just don't want to go
to work – imagine the results you could get from your staff if they found work
a happy place to be!
Lead from the top
If you come to work every day with a sour
expression and nothing but complaints, your staff will soon learn that this is
the usual way to behave in your workplace. The fact is that your staff members
will look to you for leadership and if you are smiling, happy and positive, it
will trickle down.
Empowering your staff to offer advice
regarding their needs and thoughts on their working environment is a great way
to keep them happy. Having a suggestion box is one way to do this. Staff should
feel that they can approach management to complain or to suggest new ways of
doing things and they should be listened to. The fact is that the people doing
the job, know the best way to achieve the most from that job. Ignoring your
staff is a way to engender an unhappy environment.
A little bit extra in your pay packet at
the end of the month is a perfect way to keep staff members happy. Let's face
it, most people judge their job by how much they earn and they are willing to
put in extra effort for more reward. If you can't offer money, try a once a
week pizza shout, drinks at a local pub once a week or even a dress down
Friday. All of these things can help people to feel happy to come to work and
will even make them work a little harder.
Provide a great environment
You will be surprised at how miserable
working in a drab, cold, boring and unloved office can be. Your working
environment needs to be bright and happy for the staff members to feel that way
too. Try using posters, paintings, bright colours and an open plan feel to create a more
joyful place to be. Plants are also good and encouraging staff to personalise their desk
area is also a great idea. Corporate environments create corporate robots and
they don't work well.
Nothing creates a feeling of discord in the
workplace than the knowledge that some members of staff are being treated
differently to the rest. Equality may be enshrined in law, but it doesn't
always work in practice. So you need to ensure that men and women are paid
equally, disabled people are never discriminated against and that those people
with children are offered flexibility in their working hours. These things may
cost you money in the short term, but in the long term they pay dividends. This
general rule extends to lunches out for directors, pay scales, smoking breaks,
working hours and every aspect of a working day. It all needs to be seen to be
So it isn't hard to create a fun and happy
workplace – just remember the main rules of fairness, smiling, colour and
incentives and you can't go wrong.