If you support, encourage and boost your employees, then naturally your business is going to reap the benefits. They’ll be happier at work, meaning they’ll be able to put in a better shift. This might mean they’re better at pulling in sales, or put a better face on which represents your business. Happiness means so much in business and if you put your employees first they’ll care about your business operation a whole lot more. The best part is that it isn’t even that hard to make sure that you show you care.
Sure, how you do that will differ from how others do it because everyone is different, and also what you do might have to differ by necessity because of the industry in which you operate.
Here are some top tips to get you started:
Know Your Employee
Knowing your employee can be pretty hard, especially if you recruit a large amount of them. But knowing them well means you’ll know what type of person they are, which of course allows you to give them tasks which properly suit their personality. Whether you want them to take MBTI type tests or just spend a day sitting next to them and getting to know them. Know about their experience, what they’ve done before coming to work for you and why they’re doing it. What qualifications do they have and most importantly, what do they want from life. If you know your employee to a good standard then things will be a lot easier. Also, it shows them that you genuinely care about them and that they’re not just a number or something you see as temporary.
Promote A Healthy Lifestyle
A lot of employees are now providing a health area in the office. Especially with some staff working from home. It means you get to have more space. You might fill this with gym equipment to promote a healthier lifestyle. Maybe with equipment which can ease and relax people like a massage gun or perhaps a reflection room where they can just relax. A lot of businesses will offer free fruit a few days a week or offer incentives to employees who cycle or walk to work, instead of driving.
Promoting a healthy lifestyle again shows that you care about your employees, but it also ensures that they’re staying healthy. A healthy employee is less likely to call in sick and impact your business too much.
Don’t Expect Too Much From Them
It can happen quite easily. You set them a project, a task, you give them some work to do and they excel so you keep doing it. You can’t go on like this forever. You have to get to the point where you understand that you can’t keep pushing. This comes to the fore when you ask people to do things they’re not comfortable doing. It might be that you ask them for help launching a product, or you want them to check through some HR guidance or help you look into accounting.
Try to stick to industry experts here, and never rely on your workforce (unless you employ an accountant) to pick up things like this because that’s where mistakes are made consistently. It’s not fair to put that pressure on them unless they’ve got recent experience doing it.
Flexibility is pretty much standard these days. If you don’t offer it then you’re a clear break from the norm. You need to give your workforce flexibility which will help them in their pursuit of a good mental health. They’ll be getting a better work life balance. They can start when they want over a three hour period, for example, meaning they can schedule appointments and enjoy leaving a little early to meet friends. So long as they do the same hours each week, then who cares. Allow them to work from home a few days a week.
Imagine how much easier the businesses who do this found negotiating the coronavirus pandemic? They would have just left the office and carried on at home. See how flexibility can go both ways. Everyone is different. Some may prefer coming into the office and working, while others would rather eschew the commute entirely and focus on spending that extra time with family or even on getting a start at work.
Flexibility comes in many forms and it might be worth speaking to your workforce about what it can mean for them, being consulted will surely mean something to them as they’ll see you want their input.
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