As the capitalist wheel of fortune is spinning, we are all on the banter whether the success will follow or we’ll end up in a gutter; this not only applies to employees but their bosses too. It’s a tricky thing, running a business, and an even trickier one – running it with employees who are dedicated to what they are doing and motivated to endure.
With the current economy, everyone who is running a business needs to be extra careful about the way they are going about it. Various deals may fall through within seconds, other opportunities may knock on your door straight after, and everything you are currently working with keeps floating somewhere between extraordinarily successful and potentially over.
And in all that mess, you realize you are not alone – your business and everything you do affects not only you but the people you work with, too. In fact, if it weren’t for those same people you probably wouldn’t be where you are now; all of them are your supporting ground, the brains and hands behind it all. Sure, you are the person who is in charge of it all, but no matter how skilled, practiced and smart you are – you alone wouldn’t manage to do everything.
Your company craves stability, and along with good deals there no better way to ensure that stability than keep your employees happy. You know what they say – a happy and satisfied employee is a loyal and productive employee, and that kind of colleagues is who you need on your team.
If you’ve been struggling with ways to keep your people upbeat, here are some super helpful advice that may stir you in the right direction:
Sure, we will all play the card money-can’t-make-you-happy card when we are trying to impress people with our spiritual maturity but when the bills come in – there’s nothing like good old cash to set the bills. And while your colleagues will appreciate being praised in front of their colleagues for the good work they’ve been doing, they’ll sure appreciate a little bump on the salary, too. If your budget doesn’t allow for a permanent raise, you can always introduce occasional bonuses as a reward. The employees receiving it will be over the moon and will definitely be motivated to keep up the good work. On top of that, other teammates will want the same kind of prize which will additionally stimulate them to be even more productive than they’ve been so far.
Give out gift cards
When the money (i.e. hard cash) is lacking, gift cards are the next best thing. No matter what sort of gifts we are talking about, your employees will definitely love the thrill of actually not spending their own money on stuff they need. These gifts can range from discount benefits on groceries, clothes and cleaning products to vouchers for spas, weekend getaways, fancy dinners/lunches at local restaurants or anything else you may find appropriate. Do you really think your workers will come to the office discouraged after any of these treats? No, of course not – au contraire!
Team building activities
Regardless of the size of your business, people working together should function well together; and when you’ve got a group of people who don’t really know one another because they don’t have the chance to spend some time together – you’ve got a weird atmosphere and employees who aren’t that stimulated to work. And really – how productive you’d be if the colleague sitting next to you didn’t even know your last name, or you didn’t know anything about them?
A positive atmosphere is a productive atmosphere, and team building activities are the best thing to encourage it! You don’t have to spend loads of money to organize team building stuff – going out together for some beer, barbeque or dancing is sufficient enough! If, however, you feel like going all in is the key – you can organize rafting, spa weekends together, going to a neighboring country for the weekend, or something of sorts. Your employees will bond outside of the office and you’ll see them with a spring in their step first thing on Monday. Too cool!
Let them get personal
Most offices nowadays are pretty sterile which can ooze a rather pessimistic vibe. If you are head of one of those big corporations, it’s likely there’ll be just one color there or a mix of two depressing ones – such as grays and greens and similar. Specialist claim environment has much influence on our behavior, moods, productivity and overall desire to work. This is why you should let your employees decorate their cubicles/tables the way they find fit as they are the ones who know what feels good to them. If such thing is against the corporate policy, try to talk to the superiors and explain the situation – there’s probably something that can be done.
Be a person, not a boss
To have a happy and productive employee on your hands, you need to act as one and be that one person they’ll respect the most. Respect is earned with honesty and dedicated actions, which is why you need to find the time in your schedule to talk to your people and let them come to you whenever they are in a problem. Remember – these people are the core of your company, and if they are going through a hard time at home, have a problem with a colleague or are struggling with the workload, they need to be confident about coming to you for help. Nurture your relationships at work, as they’ll contribute to building a better future for your business.