One of the most challenging aspects of being a small business owner is keeping your employees happy. A satisfied employee will boost their productivity and improve their interaction with customers. A happy employee will make the work place a more pleasant place to be and minimize workplace conflicts. However, it’s not easy to keep your employees happy. In the latest survey, nearly two third of respondents said they were dissatisfied with their job. Here are some ways to motivate your staff.
Offer room for growth
Many employees feel stuck in their job which can turn into detachment over the long run. Some employees have more potential than others and it’s a good idea to give them more training and growth opportunities. If the employees link their personal growth with the business’ success, then they will work harder to help the business grow.
Nobody likes to have someone looking over their shoulder when they are working. Micromanaging an employee will increase stress for everyone involved. Give the employee the needed training and then monitor the result from a distance. Let the employee know that they can ask for help and step away.
One crucial way to keep the employee happy is to build camaraderie in your team. When a team of employees are friends, they work much better with each other and they can power through many obstacles. Sponsoring activities with food such as a BBQ or other get-togethers is a cheap way to bring people together. Once in a while, a corporate hospitality event like a football game would go a long way toward boosting everyone’s moral.
A team of employees who perform similar tasks should have comparable salaries. If one employee makes more money than the others, the news will inevitably get out. Discovering that your co-worker makes more money than you will cause you to be a lot less happy at work (especially if you perform better.)
Frequent small bonuses
Instead of a big yearend bonus, consider giving out small bonuses frequently instead. If an employee performs especially well, thank them in a team meeting and give them a small bonus. Even $50 is appreciated and it will show the employees that you recognize their contribution.
Give your employee a voice
Let your employees know that you value their input and listen to their ideas. Toyota has been using the employee suggestion system in their factories for years and it helps to continuously improve the whole production line. The employees feel more involved and the company also improves. It’s also important to encourage the employee to drive their idea to completion. Focusing on employee involvement will encourage employees to submit their ideas.
These are just a few things a small business owner can do to keep their employees happy. A happy employee is much more important to a small business because the customer interaction needs to be top notch. A happy employee is much more like to provide great service that will keep bringing the customer back. As the business owner, you also want to work in a pleasant environment so keeping your employee happy is a win-win proposition.