5 Ways To Keep Your Staff Content Throughout The Year

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In terms of running and business and leading the staff working under you, there needs to be high elements of contentment along with productivity. If they aren’t happy with coming into work every single day, then you’re not going to get the best out of them. In professional work, management is more than just getting the job done and making sure you bring in all the money you need. It’s a case of being aware of the staff’s well-being and overall condition. If they’re in a good place – then it’s going to be a much easier ride for all involved. 

Many business owners struggle to get the best out of their team, though, as they neglect the people skills required. They also struggle to keep everyone happy throughout their time in the job. It’s not too much of a difficult task, though. You’re not expected to be a wizard that puts spells on everyone. Here are some things you can do: 

Be Positive For As Long As You Can

When you have a lot of work to do and a lot of stress on your shoulders, it can be quite difficult to relax and be positive. It’s a habit, though, like most things are. Make sure you’re optimistic about most things and upbeat around the rest of the group. It’s a contagious way of behaving and everyone around you will bounce off it. If you have a positive and happy environment, then it’s going to make the working day so much easier. 

Have A Plan And A Setup For Everyone

If everyone knows what they’re doing, then they’re going to have a much easier job on their hands. Not everyone wakes up on a Monday morning with 100% certainty of how things are going to go. If you ensure that you have a plan for them, then they’ll be more content. You can use Crew scheduling software and other project management tools to help you out with this kind of thing nowadays. Don’t let them feel like a spare part.

Work With Individuals As Well As Groups

Narrowing down your leadership and focusing on each person can help out so much in terms of overall contentment. It’ll make them feel a little more special and it’ll allow them to know that they aren’t just an extra worker. If you focus on how they’re doing mentally as well as their performance at work, then they’ll be appreciative. 

Make Sure They’re Working In A Wonderful Environment

Keep the place nice and clean because you just never know how someone might feel about the environment in which they work. If you have to, then hire cleaners to come in a couple of times a week. If you have the capacity, then create a rota that involves every employee. If they know they’re working in a clean, tidy workplace that they’ve all helped to create, then they’ll feel a sense of pride and happiness in where they are. 

Hire The Right Kind Of Personalities

It’s all about personalities and chemistry sometimes. Sure, the qualifications and experience matter, but hiring the right people can take a business from good to great. If everyone gets along and the personalities all fit together, then you’re going to have a healthy group.

A Manager’s Secret Weapon (Yet Rarely Used)

Most bosses don’t get it.

Middle management’s main job is to manage people, not tasks.

Tasks need to be completed, but it’s how you manage your people that makes all the difference.

If your workers aren’t getting things done, the first finger pointed should be at you (the manager).

Have you clearly communicated your expectations? 

Are your people properly trained?

Are you putting them in a place to succeed?

Most managers don’t understand when the role changes, your responsibilities do too. If you don’t want to spend the majority of your time and energy dealing with interpersonal issues, don’t take the job!

I truly believe leadership skills can be taught to anyone, but that doesn’t make an effective leader. There are many traits that make a great leader, but the simplest one with the greatest ROI is:

Positive feedback.

Did you know it takes 5 positive comments to cancel out 1 negative one?

I wouldn’t worry too much about the ratio, except by saying your workers evaluate you. Performance reviews are held for employees all the time, but what about managers? Is your boss held to the same standards as the people they lead?  

If not, that’s a culture problem. Hypocrisy is the most visible sin in a business. It’s the one fault that causes morale to plummet and turnover to skyrocket.

If you work for someone else, you’re supporting another person’s dream. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with that since not everyone can run a successful business. But when people don’t feel heard or treated unfairly it can signal the beginning of the end.

Managers who rarely dish out positive feedback are both insecure and focused on the wrong things. They haven’t bought into the fact their impact is determined by the team’s output, not theirs.

Being positive is similar to active listening. It can be taught, but usually if you don’t have it, you don’t have it.

The best leaders know metrics and data can only measure so much. Just like companies create a brand experience, managers create employee experiences. With power comes great responsibility; a willingness to model service to your team so it’s passed down to customers.

A positive comment can go a long way, but only if you actually say it.