Ten tips on keeping your employees happy
Long-term employees are a great asset to your business. They know the costumers, the products, and the working methods – sometimes even better than you! We have put together a list of tips that would help you keep your employees happy. But that’s only relevant after you’ve hired the right people – that’s why we recommend using our system to create compatibility tests in order to make sure you hire only the candidates that would become your best employees.
- Promote your employees
Everyone loves feeling like their efforts are being acknowledged. It’s important to create a working environment where employees feel like they are appreciated and respected. Let your employees know that you notice when they go the extra mile and that if they put in the effort they can move up to higher positions with better conditions and a higher salary.
- High salary and bonuses
Employees that feel financially secure tend to hold on to their jobs. Try and provide a good salary to the best of your abilities, and create opportunities to reward your employees for outstanding work once in a while. Another option is gradually raising an employee’s salary over time, as an incentive to commit for a long time.
- Be objective and consistent
It is crucial that employees feel like their working environment is fair and well managed. Make sure that employees who put in more effort and care are rewarded accordingly and that disciplinary issues are being addressed seriously.
- Show your employees you care about their needs
Showing your employees that you care about their personal well-being is one of the best ways to create a good relationship with them. Express interest in their personal lives, try to comply with their requests as often as possible. Keep in mind, you don’t necessarily need to be friends with your staff – but it is important to be considerate and understanding.
- Encourage a friendly work environment
Research shows that employees that enjoy the company of their coworkers are happier and more committed. Personally introduce new employees to the team, provide a common area for them to relax and socialize, and organize team-building activities and social outings outside of work. Just remember to make sure this does not come at the expense of productivity.
- Hire the right people for the right job
Working in a job that doesn’t match one’s skills and interests usually leads to frustration and low-quality results. On the other hand, people who work in jobs where they can utilize their strong qualities are much happier and productive. Use our evaluation system to find the most compatible candidates for the position you need to fill. Try to think long-term when hiring and find someone who is looking to commit and grow.
- Make your employees feel valued
Cultivate a feeling of confidence and self-worth in your employees by letting them make decisions on their own and show them that you trust them. Making employees feel respected and trusted is the key to bringing out the best in them.
- Have a clear agenda
Most people prefer having a consistent schedule and an organized working environment. Make sure your employees always know what the short-term schedule is, what is expected of them, and try to keep last-minute announcements to a minimum.
- Sign a proper contract
Sign a legally applicable contract that clearly details the rights of all parties.
- Respect your employees’ leisure time
Try not to contact employees about work on their vacation days or outside of working hours. If they are expected to give 100% when they are at work, it’s only fair to respect their personal time.
Remember that every person is different and there are no definitive rules to hiring. Use your judgment when interviewing and trust your instincts.
Mynextworker team wishes you success!