The following is a guest blog penned by Ruby Clarkson
Keeping employees happy is an essential part of running any business. After all, happy employees are likely to be more productive. A happy workforce also makes a good impression when it comes to working with customers or hiring additional staff. It’s also true that people are more likely to remain working for your business if they are happy with the environment and the job that they are doing.
This is why it’s so important to make keeping employees happy a priority. The good news is that there are some simple changes that you can make in order to ensure that you have a happy workforce.
Making sure the location is right
The location of your offices is something that you need to consider carefully, if you want people to be happy working for your business. For instance, if you are choosing an office space in London, there are certain factors that you need to think about when it comes to keeping staff happy such as:
- Is there suitable parking in the area?
- Are there good public transport links?
- Are there amenities such as shops and cash points close by?
- Are the offices close to parks or other green areas where employees can spend their lunch break?
Having a great location, that takes into account all of these factors, helps to keep employees happy.
Considering co-working as an option
Co-working is an option that is often used by people who are self-employed as an alternative to working from home. It can also be an option for small businesses if they want to share office space.
Sharing office space in this way can make for happier employees. This is because they are in an environment which has life and vitality as there are several people located in the space. Even though these people may be working for different businesses, their energy can help your employees to be happier and more productive.
Making sure that training is an ongoing process:
A few days of on the job training when an employee starts working for your business is not good enough. You need to make sure that you provide them with the training that they need to do their job and to be happy in their work. This training provision needs to be made on an ongoing basis.
It’s important to note that providing training and development opportunities for your employees does not just benefit them it also benefits the business as a whole. After all, a well trained workforce is likely to be more efficient and more productive. Listen when your employees ask for training and development and make sure that you provide them with what they need.
Providing employees with the tools that they need:
If your employees do not have the tools and equipment they need to do their job they are never going to be happy. This is partly because not having the right equipment makes the job harder. It’s also partly because they feel as though you do not care about their wellbeing because you are not providing the necessary tools and equipment.
This is why you should not settle for having outdated equipment just to save money. For instance, you may be able to save a few pounds by using computers and software that are not up-to-date, but you will lose money when it comes to productivity because the employees who are using these computers are unhappy and frustrated.
Communicating in the right way:
It’s vital that you have good communications in your business, if you want your employees to be happy. This is because people become frustrated if they feel that they are not being kept up to date. You need to have an effective communication strategy and plan in place to make sure that this does not happen.
Different methods of communication are best suited to different businesses. For instance, you may want to create a monthly newsletter for the business or you may want to hold weekly or fortnightly meetings with employees. However you choose to communicate, the most important thing is that you do it openly and well.
You also need to make sure that the communication is two-way. You need to pay attention to what your employees are saying, answer any of their questions and respond to any of their criticisms. Doing this effectively helps to keep your employees happy.
It does not take much effort to make the necessary changes to improve the happiness of your employees. Doing so provides you with a more motivated workforce that is likely to be more productive.