Here’s How You Really Look After Your Employees

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Employee welfare and business success are more connected than you may think. An organization full of happy and satisfied employees will definitely see more success than the exact same company with unhappy employees. In general, people work a lot better and are more effective when they’re happy.

It’s a simple fact of life, and you can test it out by looking at yourself. How hard is it to find the motivation to work when you’re not happy or feel unsatisfied? More to the point, remember when you had to go to work and spend hours doing things for your boss? It was hard to work well when you didn’t feel looked after or valued. Your employees will feel the same way unless you show them how much you value their work. The best way to do this is by looking after them, and here’s how you do that:

Offer A Degree Of Flexibility

To kick things off, you should address the main source of employee discontent; long and strict work weeks. People hate working 9-5 every day, and it slowly begins to pile in on them. They stop looking forward to work, which means they start being less effective in their role. To change this, you need to offer a degree of flexibility to your employees.

All this means is that you give them more options with regards to how they work. Instead of strictly working 9-5 each day, you could introduce staggered shifts where they might start later one day and continue working past 5 to make up for it. Or, you allow them to spend a couple of days working from home. Either way, they no longer have such a long and strict working week to look forward to. This makes them much happier at work, more relaxed, more cared for, and miles more productive.

Provide Food & Drink At Work

Food is the quickest way to someone’s heart. How often have you been at work and just wished you could get a quick snack? Or, perhaps you wanted to eat lunch in the office as the weather is horrible and you haven’t got any food? I’m sure this happens to your employees all the time, and issues with food and drink can cause them to get very grouchy and unproductive.

So, why don’t you provide food and drink at work? Depending on your business, you could have a little cantine area where they can all sit and eat lunch. Or, perhaps you just get some vending machines full of snacks and coffee to satisfy them when they get cravings? There are loads of cashless payment solutions you can use to ensure they can just pay using a card or special fob as well, which eliminates situations where someone forgets to bring any change. By doing this, you’re giving your employees an excellent benefit that they’ll appreciate greatly.

Offer Mental Health Counseling

I think this is such a big thing that should be mandatory for all employees. Yes, some companies offer healthcare as a benefit, but all businesses need to have mental health counseling for their staff. This is because we live in a world where stress and mental anxiety are literally big killers. They won’t just ruin your employee’s efficiency, they’ll destroy their lives. To make matters worse, a lot of their mental health issues are probably caused or amplified by work!

For me, you should give them access to mental health counseling or therapy whenever they need it. If anything, you should encourage them to use it if you feel like they’re suffering. To your employees, this shows them how much you care as you’re actually trying to help them out. As a result, they will work harder for you and be more productive. Plus, you can help them get over their mental hang-ups, which will help them be even more useful for the team.

Actually Pay Them Well

Is a business really looking after their employees if they don’t pay them enough to go home and look after themselves? Money is one of the main factors when it comes to employee welfare and satisfaction. A lot of people will leave your company if they’re not paid well or rewarded for their efforts. Anyone that doesn’t leave will probably only stay as they don’t have much choice and can’t risk being out of a job for a few months. So, their heart isn’t in it, and they’re very much absent at work without performing to their peak capacity.

It’s so simple, all you need to do is pay your employees a salary they deserve. Don’t undercut them just to try and save money, and give them bonuses at the end of the year if they’ve done well. It seems like a substantial business expense, but you will 100% make more money with a team of workers that are happy and satisfied with their job. Pay them poorly, and they’ll always do the bare minimum, meaning your company will go nowhere.

Extend Their Holidays

Briefly, I want to touch upon the idea of extending employee holidays. This comes from Scandinavia where countries like Denmark and Sweden offer more holiday allowances for their employees. The aim is to give them more time off so they can be more refreshed throughout the year.

Realistically, this might not be possible for all businesses. However, providing more than the expected holiday time will definitely benefit your employees, so give it some thought.
In conclusion, these ideas will ensure you really look after your employees. As a consequence, you will be surrounded by a happy team of workers that are pleased to work for your company. They’ll have little to complain about, which means they focus on their work and become more productive. From this, you could see an improved output, which may influence sales. On a different – yet equally important – note, you should also reduce your employee turnover. Fewer people will leave, meaning you don’t have to spend money trying to hire new people, which means your business will save cash as well.

Moving Office: It’s A Family Affair

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Any entrepreneur knows that employee happiness is important stuff. Fail to get on top here, and your enterprise will soon go down the pan. Hence why so many business people spend time making sure their employees feel appreciated and boosting team morale. All the better for ensuring staff want to keep working for you!

A lot of the time, though, staff wellbeing is an afterthought. You consider health and safety after you’ve set up your office. You only think about how decoration impacts productivity once you’ve moved in. We get it; your product comes first, and so it should. Given that they wouldn’t have a job without it, the chances are your staff would agree. But, let’s get real; second-hand attempts like these don’t always have the best results. And, if you’re losing staff fast, it’s a sure sign you’re getting something wrong.

Which is why it’s worth considering employee happiness before you rent, rather than after. No one likes to be a second thought. Plus, considering this after committing could leave you with a space which is less than ideal. Instead, take your good boss hat with you next time you set about finding a new location by considering the following.

Window to the soul

Nothing kills productivity faster than a windowless office. What’s more, this isn’t something you can change after, especially not when renting. So, the moment you start to view offices, you need to look out for options with plenty of windows. Natural light can boost health and mood. Plus, windows create a feeling of space your staff are sure to appreciate more than the confined claustrophobia of a windowless box.

Room for snacks

Bear in mind, too, that looking at offices is a lot like searching for a new family home. You need to make sure there’s room for everyone. Forget focusing on an individual office for yourself. You also need to look out for offices which provide space for a break room. Admittedly, this isn’t a prerequisite. There’s no law which dictates staff need in-office break space. But, given you’re trying to get them on board, this is one of the best ways to do it. It’s a simple gesture which shows you spared a thought to staff during your efforts. That will have more impact on morale than you know.

The sky is not your office limit

It’s also worth considering the ease with which staff can get to your new office. No one signed up for a seven-story climb to work. As such, try not to consider offices which are unreasonably high-up. If you do opt for an office a few floors up, make sure to check that there are working elevators to get your staff there. This is by no means a given, but your team will soon resent you when they’re climbing stairs for the fifth time in a week. Instead, make getting to work as easy for them as you can. That way, they’re more likely to keep coming!

Can You Use Flexible Working Arrangements to Benefit Your Business?

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For many people, life changes as we get older and so so our needs when it comes to our work life. Yet in many instances, jobs aren’t changing or adapting to the changes that we need in our lives. A lot of it can be down to employer attitudes and the need for a mass shift in the traditional way of working. Being able to get a better work and life balance is going to the thing that helps you to hold onto the employees that you have, as well as an increased work morale and an allowance for more creativity in the workplace.

For a long time, working flexibility has been seen as a perk of the job, not the standard. A lucky thing that moms can do once a week, while the rest of the week they need to be in the office. But the question is, can flexible working benefit everyone in the workplace? Parent or not, most employees are going to welcome flexible working if it means a better work and life balance, surely?

Many employers are still somewhat ‘on the fence’ when it comes to flexible working. With campaigners calling for it more and more, is it just a fad that will shortly die out? When you break it down, it can’t really be a fad. Is it a fad for people to want to have a better quality of life? So if you’re currently on the fence, then it is time to hop off and get on board with flexible working. Where it is possible in job roles, it will be sticking around for a while to come.

Let’s look at some of the benefits of flexible working:

For one thing, it can reduce costs. Studies from companies that have already adopted the stance that work is a resource, rather than a place, have already shown the same, if not more profit than what they have had previously. Office spaces can be downsized, as well as bills be reduced. It means less sick days and people can setup virtual mail with mailbox forwarding when they are on vacation or sick, for example. So things don’t get missed, and people can work when they are abroad, without having to take time out off the business.

It can mean increased productivity as you don’t have to cater for people’s lunch breaks, sick time, or having the morning off for an appointment. If they needed that but are at home, they can get up earlier to do work before their appointment. That doesn’t work the same when it comes to going back and forth from an office. Plus, as a rule, employee satisfaction and happiness is going to be much higher when they have a better work and life balance, so they are likely to work harder, and get more done. And at the end of the day, that will have a positive impact on the business’s bottom line.

Has your business embraced flexible working yet? Be interested to hear what you think.