It’s no secret that a happy employee is more productive in the workplace, and with only 48% of them surveyed to be content where they work, businesses will not be getting all that they can from their team members. Therefore it’s worth investing in the welfare and wellbeing of each member of staff so that they are a productive part of your company. Taking the time and effort to carefully curate your dream team of staff, will benefit your business, and help to ensure that it continues to grow in strength. The following are some key areas, which as an employer you have the power to change, and have been proven to affect a person’s satisfaction in their job.
It’s a challenging part of owning your own business; however, knowing when and how to let someone go, is an important part of a fledgling company’s future success. You cannot put your business at risk by keeping employees on who aren’t performing, no matter how much you like them on a personal level; they need to be the driving force behind your business. Therefore, you may have to release some weak links in your startup swiftly and professionally. It will be difficult, but it could leave room for someone who will enhance your business and drive it’s success even further, so know when to cut ties and do it quickly. Companies like GetFive's Outplacement Service can help you to help those you care about move on from your business so that you remain ethical and true to your core values.
An employee wants to feel valued by their employer, and an essential part of the team. Investing in a team member’s development and training will not only benefit the business with a highly qualified member of staff, but will also ensure that the employee feels appreciated, and understands that they are an important asset to the company. Investing your time and money in the longevity of the journey that staff will work for you will reduce your business’ outgoings in the future. It’s crucial that each member of the team knows where to go to seek help and support, both for business related issues, and for personal matters that are happening outside of the office, and may be affecting their work and progress. By keeping a constant and open line of communication with your staff, you’ll be able to understand why targets may not be being reached, and if there seems to be a drop in employee performance.
If your staff members are dreading coming into the workplace, due to the uncomfortable temperature or the miserable lighting, they will already be in an unproductive mood when they begin their day. Therefore, it’s essential that you invest in the basics, to create a pleasant working environment. Although you’ll want to maintain a professional working atmosphere throughout the day, you have to bear in mind that each person spends a large proportion of their week at work, so they’re going to appreciate a positive atmosphere when they’re doing their job. Studies have shown that time away from the computer screen, and inviting scenes to look at, reduce fatigue and stress in an employee; so consider investing in your office interior, and ensuring people get regular respite throughout their day. The happier your business environment is to work in, the more productivity it will achieve.