Do You Know How To Keep Your Employees Happy?
Managers know that a happy employee is more productive and less likely to leave. So what makes an employee happy?
- Work that is challenging
- Transparent communication around what is happening in the company
- Treat them with respect in your interactions
- Be a strong manager, who is willing to lead, tell the truth and find solutions to their work issues
- Listen to them
- Build in fun into the workplace helps them disengage from just working
- Recognition, recognition, recognition
These are some of the actions that build a workplace that enhances employee’s engagement and happiness with their work.
Yet…each person as well as teams have different ideas on what will make them happy. How can you evaluate what your team needs in order to feel satisfied with their work environment and have them be more productive?
Here are some thoughts:
- Management has frequent and consistent planning sessions around finances, product design, marketing strategy and other business related projects.
- Companies expound that their employees are their most important asset, yet how often do the senior leaders spend understanding the satisfaction levels of their employees.
Yearly employee surveys are not real-time data!
Business and employee’s needs change throughout the year, as well as the market can be more competitive for strong talent. What happens when a manager receives a two weeks’ notice from an important employee and he/she didn’t see it coming?
Managing employees is important and hard work, so why not find a tool that provides feedback on a regular basis. Check out this product: TinyPulse.com
Even though most companies have an “open door” policy, so few people actually go through that door. TINYpulse helps align how people like to provide feedback along with anonymity to yield surprisingly insightful requests and feedback. Not only are there requests for changes, but oftentimes the feedback affirms initiatives or values that the company has invested in. We find as employees become more comfortable with providing feedback and management creates a positive feedback loop, the feedback and comments become even more actionable and revealing.
Employee feedback is anonymous and management only sees the data without names and this creates an atmosphere to receive the most honest feedback. You can query your employees on a range of questions and by doing it on a weekly basis (or select another, you get real-time data on the overall satisfaction of your employees. The software already has a list of questions that have been tested to insure they are strong indicators of employee’s happiness in the workplace. Check out TinyPulse.com for more information.
When managing employees, you need a pulse on their overall productivity and satisfaction with their role with the company. The more satisfied or happy, the more engaged they will be and this behavior builds the company success.
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