Attracting and retaining the best employees is critical for a business to succeed. Not only does a low turnover rate benefit your bottom line, but it provides the foundation of a successful business for the future.
However, how can you create the office utopia where your employees are happy and productive to their highest capacity? Its proven that happy people in their work are more productive. But it’s not always about the money and if you want to achieve an office Utopia, perhaps these top tips will help you achieve this:
- Promote the work-life balance: Whether you are the employee or the employer, you all share the need to balance your good working life with a good life. Promote the importance of working hard but also embrace the need to maintain a healthy life.
- Everyone is part of the bigger picture: Always promote how each employee is part of the bigger picture and how the work they do contributes to that. Keep everyone informed about the Company direction and provide clear communication about what is expected from each department to achieve that vision.
- Celebrate progress: Point out the good things that your employees do! Whilst its necessary to offer constructive feedback to help improve things, don’t forget to celebrate the great things top!
- Create a relaxed space: Have a break out area where employees can relax and chat with each other, a casual space where it is inviting with nice comfortable furniture. What will happen is people from across the business will come together and share ideas and you may find that it’s a great environment for creative thinking.
- Be positive, make it an ethos of the business: Happy employees = happy company. Encourage group lunches, allow employees to take courses to aid their development and help them gain extra knowledge. The more your team feel they can grow and feel supported, the more your business will benefit.
- Treat everyone the same: If you are the boss or a senior manager, set the example. You can never underestimate the impact you have by walking into the office with a smile and treating everyone with the same respect. That will permeate throughout the whole business.
- Reward! Frequency is better than size. Smaller, more frequent positive rewards and feedback is far more beneficial for your business.
- Trust your team: Delegate, don’t micromanage! Empower your people and trust they’ll do a good job
- Know your team: Take time to understand who your team are. You can never underestimate the impact you’ll have if your employees know you are interested in them as individuals.
- Say thank you: Simple but true to say the power of being appreciative will reward your business immensely.
And here are some stats why:
- Employees who report being happy at work take 10 times fewer sick days than unhappy employees.
- 36% of employees would give up money from their salary to be happy at work!
- Happy employees are 12% more productive