Business owners constantly underestimate the value of happy employees. Research has shown that employees who are happier literally work harder. That title doesn’t seem so silly now, does it? Essentially then, if you can improve employee happiness levels, you can make your company more productive.
That means higher profits and great levels of success. So, the question you should be asking is: how do I make my workers happy? Well, there are a few things you can do in your office.
Keep Them Comfortable
You need to make sure that your employees are comfortable at work, but obviously not too comfortable. We draw the line at getting employees hammocks to nap in through their breaks. Do that, and you’ll probably find the breaks get a lot longer. Seriously though, you should invest in furniture that provides great back support while they are at work.
Make sure that it encourages good posture because bad posture while working is one of the main causes of RSI. You should have breaks built into the working day too, and we’re not just talking about an hour for lunch. Five minutes every hour will keep your employees happy and effective.
If your business is located in an area where the climate is hot and humid, it’s important that workers stay hydrated with fresh, cold water. Office water coolers have been a staple of the business environment for years. We’ve all heard of talk at the water cooler as a phrase used to describe how employees
We’ve all heard of talk at the water cooler as a phrase used to describe how employees socialize. But that’s not the main benefit of having one in your office. It will keep your workers healthy too. The last thing you want is for a hot and stuffy office to become unmanageable because workers don’t have a fresh water source.
Make sure you are listening to what your employees have to say. Don’t forget, they’re going to be the ones that understand their job the best. So, if they do suggest improvements or changes it’s smart to at least pay attention.
They could have a nugget of an idea, and you can work with your colleagues to improve it into something that could benefit your business model. By doing this, you will also be able to guarantee that workers feel both respected and appreciated. This will keep them loyal and ensure you don’t have to deal with voluntary turnover.
We Are Family
That’s how your employees should feel when they go to work each day. You need to make sure that your team is connected and everyone knows everyone else on a first name basis.
Obviously, as the boss, you’ll need to avoid too much engagement yourself to maintain respect and authority. But you should still think about arranging office days out and activities. This will ensure your workforce stays strong and continues to function as a team.
Take this advice, and we’re sure your employees really will be whistling while they work. At the very least, they’ll be happy enough to keep your business at the top of the market and ahead of the competition.