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.

Employer Vs Employee: The Pros & Cons Of Remote Working

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Technology has been one of the biggest additions to the workplace, and even more so in the past fifteen years or so. The trends that are driving through the business world in technology has meant companies all over the world are able to develop in leaps and bounds. Cloud computing and the smartphone and tablet revolution that have boomed into business has really fueled the demand and the overall potential for remote working. It’s been a concept that most people have wanted to be involved in for a long time – the idea of missing out on that early morning commute and working to their own pace is very attractive. The thing is, until recently companies haven’t been able to offer remote working as an option. Technology has changed this fact, and it’s now anticipated that by 2022, 60% of all office workers will be working remotely.

Seeing as companies no longer have a limit to their ability to communicate with their employees off site, business owners are now factoring in remote working as a benefit when they go through the hiring process for new employees. Being able to offer something as lucrative as remote working is good for a business, as it means that they are able to offer something that their competitors may not. Flexible working for an employee is a luxury, but it’s one that can allow for time spent with family, attending appointments and a saving on the commute as they no longer have to travel into the office on a daily basis. The freedom to complete tasks, meet deadlines and finish a day of work in the time given without having to stay late to the office is an attractive prospect for anyone, but can a business maintain remote workers as well as those in the office?

There are a lot of advantages and disadvantages to remote working. If you apply for a role that offers you the opportunity to work from home either most or all of the time, you’re going to feel far more inclined to work hard. If you are the employer offering remote working, you have to consider the benefits from your side of it. We’ve put together both the advantages and disadvantages of remote working from the point of view of a business and as an employee. You be the judge.

Employer

As a business, you want to stand out in your field and not just for the customers. Your company needs to be a force of nature in the industry you are in and if you are offering jobs to the public, you need to be able to offer something more than the rest of the companies in your field. Remote working is something you should be looking at seriously, as cutting out that morning commute for your staff can be more than just a time and salary saver – it’s a morale booster. There are plenty of programs like the ones you can see here that offer you the ability to communicate with your staff outside of the office no matter where they are. There are plenty of studies, such as this article, that can tell you that your employees can be far more productive whilst working in an environment that they are familiar with compared to being forced to sit at a desk in the office all day! This then leads to happier people who are more willing to work hard for you, and will therefore hit their targets.

Thanks to technology, you can be connected to people via video chat, shared platforms like Trello and instant messenger all day long. This means that you can be just as in touch with your people outside the office as you would if they were working across from you. The best bit about technology being advanced enough to support remote working, is that your business is about to save a lot of money on its overheads. If you have an entire office of people working from home, your office overheads are pretty much eradicated. You’d also not have to pay for office supplies. The good thing here is that your business can swap the expenses for the rent, on to proper cybersecurity with companies like www.Difenda.com/services. One of the biggest concerns for any business is their IT security and remote working can pose a little more of a risk than initially anticipated. However, with the right plan and company in place, you can ensure that your remote workers can stay secure on the right platforms for work that you provide. As long as they have a secure internet connection when they work on the platform that you provide for them, they should find very little in the way of difficulty with security.

Ultimately, you have to decide whether remote working would work for you as a business, and for the most part company owners are seeing the benefits far more than the disadvantages of employing remote workers for their businesses. It’s always better to have a dedicated workforce who work in a relaxed environment of their choice – they are far less likely to quit!

Employee

When you start applying for work, you’re very likely to zone in on the benefits of the job on offer before you even look at the tasks required of you. It may seem shallow, but it’s very common for employees to check out the salary and the pension scheme before checking the job. You have to ensure that the working conditions of a role are good for you, and if you are going to be contracted to work in an office 9-5 with a two hour commute each way, it’s likely going to be detrimental to your family and your life outside the office. This is where remote working would be extremely attractive to you. Being able to work at your pace, in a home office you can feel far more relaxed in? That’s just good sense! You’ll love the flexibility that remote working can offer, especially if you have a family at home. Those school plays and fairs that you may have missed out on in the past won’t have to keep happening like that, as you can choose to take the time out of your day to attend events.

For the most part, companies that offer you the chance to work from home will not mind when you do your daily workload, as long as it’s done that very day. So, by condensing your working day into the morning you are freeing up your time in the afternoon for other, often more desirable, activities. Working from home is also a personal challenge for you, as you get to see whether you have the motivation to stick at your usual tasks without the management team breathing down your neck. The skills in discipline that you can learn are invaluable and something that you can take with you through any role. The salary that you clocked earlier while looking at the benefits of the role you’re going to apply for should be an attractive one, but what’s even more enticing is the fact that you don’t have to spend any of it on public transport or petrol costs. Commuting isn’t just exhausting, it’s a financial drain, especially if you are living far from the office you would have been working in. You also won’t have that additional $10-20 a day being spent on coffees from the local coffee cart or the lunches from the deli. All these little savings that you make each day can really add up!

The only real disadvantage to not attending an office as an employee is the lack of socializing you can find in the workplace. You’re also not likely to be as ‘in the know’ as your office based counterparts. Sure, you can try and keep as in touch as possible via Skype and other communicative means, but there’s a camaraderie you find in the office that you wouldn’t necessarily find on a Skype chat or internal round robin email. You also may find that working at home can be a big distraction, which is why you should endeavor to have an office space that’s purely for you to work in.

For the most part, working remotely is a privilege for both employee and employer, and finding a balance that comes with remote working is going to be an essential part of your working week. Whether you are an employer or an employee, remote working and balancing office work with working from home is going to benefit a business all around. Business owners can lessen their overheads while offering something lucrative to working families, and employees can work harder and are more grateful for the opportunity to work outside of a long commute and office environment. While there are disadvantages on both sides, the advantages far outweigh these for both parties. Remote working doesn’t have to be a difficult decision – either for an employer or an employee. Working out what works best is the first step!

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.