In managing employees, should you be concerned if they are happy? Since most businesses are knowledge based, it makes sense that your employee’s well-being is important to the success of the company. Granted employees are not happy all of the time and that isn’t your goal. Rather creating a working relationship and environment where your employees feel their needs are recognized, along with the needs of the company, will build a strong culture.
There are many reasons that employees leave, though one of the top reasons is the manager/employee relationship. Your role is to be aware of each of your employee’s strengths, weaknesses, career goals and other nuances that help you support and develop each person.
“3 Secrets of Happy Employees” by Gwen Moran on YoungEntrepreneur.com.
Of course you don’t want your employees to be miserable, but should you make your employees happiness a business priority? In a word, yes. In addition to creating a more pleasant work environment and reducing turnover, happy employees are more productive and collaborative, according to 2010 research by Harvard University business administration professor Teresa M. Amabile and independent researcher Steven J. Kramer.
Is it important that your employees are happy?
A first step towards building respectful working relationships with your employees is developing a strong communication style. Communication includes:
feedback on their performance,
coaching them for stronger performance,
- know their career goals
recognizing, in the moment, when they have done a good job, and
let them know what is happening in the company.
You can’t succeed in your role as a manager if you don’t have a solid working relationship with your team members. Maybe in the short-term, in order to meet a specific demand, you can put employee’s happiness on hold. Then you return to their well-being by recognizing their support and delivery of a short-term demand.
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