It takes a lot of effort to manage and grow your small business. Successful business owners cultivate and maintain strong teams, even in the midst of rapid change. Help your employees become part of your success by taking simple steps to improve employee satisfaction and engagement. Here are a few ways to keep your employees happy and productive.
Provide Open Communication
Small businesses have fewer employees, so the engagement of every member is crucial to the team’s success. Keep open communication with all your employees to automatically help boost satisfaction. A culture of open communication will allow a more vibrant, creative workplace where all your employees are on the same page and understand your business’s goals. It also ensures that each member of your team feel as though they are equally contributing to your small business’s success. A recent Chron blog post offers a step-by-step guide to create open communication across your small business.
Offer Employees More Control
For employees, one of the most important aspects of any job is control. Even partial control of schedules or the work environment can help boost morale. Offering your more senior employees the opportunity to create their own schedule one week of the month, for example, could go a long way. In fact, flexible schedules and work from home options can lead to higher productivity among employees.
Allowing your employees to personalize or improve aspects of their work environment can also go a long way toward reducing stress and cultivating a healthier work atmosphere. Music can also help improve focus and productivity.
It’s important for your employees to understand that their efforts matter – this is critical to their satisfaction. Take some time to help your employees map out goals that align to your business’s overall mission. These will help ensure that your employees work is connected to your business’s long term goals, and allows each employee to understand how he or she is contributing.
Though it might sound counterintuitive, socializing between employees can actually boost engagement and productivity. If you enjoy the company of your coworkers, you’re likely to be more productive throughout the day. You can encourage socializing between your employees by throwing celebrations for birthdays or office anniversaries. Surprises can often create a happier overall atmosphere as well.
Encourage Employee Development
Acknowledge your employees’ accomplishments and provide development opportunities. These can be crucial factors in determining employee satisfaction, especially among younger employees. Training and development doesn’t have to cost a lot. Try starting an employee book club to discuss management, leadership or other important development topics.
It’s important to make sure that your employees are engaged and satisfied with their jobs. By making relatively small and inexpensive adjustments, you can have a long-term impact on your employees’ happiness.