Keeping your workers satisfied is an essential part of any business – it boosts productivity to great degrees. Part of the process of fulfilling satisfaction is actually looking after your employees. I’m not talking about adhering to health and safety laws – I’m also talking about the measures you can take to go the extra mile for the people working for you to ensure they remain healthy and focused.
A lot of workplaces seem to be fine with their employees not taking any breaks. Of course, they’re legally required to give employees the opportunity to take a break, but they’re not exactly going to complain if their employees continue working instead. (This is a lot more common than you may think.) The problem is that our brains really do work best when they have the occasional chance to relax – just like your other muscles when it comes to more physical labor. So make sure you’re keeping an eye on employees and encouraging them to take breaks. Make sure they’ve got good coffee and tea at the ready, along with healthy snacks and maybe even some games.
One of the most pressing problems in many areas of the world is the issue of healthcare. This is especially true in the U.S.A., where good healthcare is so scarce that people actually end up being afraid to leave a job they hate, a job that won’t get them anywhere, simply because their employer is offering healthcare. In places like the U.K., this isn’t such a big worry – but private health insurance can still do tremendous things for worker satisfaction. You should consider as many of your options as possible when it comes to corporate health plans.
Employees like to feel that they’re actually being paid attention to. That their bosses actually care about their development and are noticing the things they’re doing right. You may assume that this doesn’t mean an employee wants regular feedback. After all, won’t criticism (and there will always be some criticism) just knock them back and make them less happy? Not necessarily. If you give them firm but friendly advice when it comes to improving their performance, they may actually be very grateful for it, boosting their overall satisfaction. Plus, regular reviews can alert you to more personal problems – a dip in performance, for example, gives you an opportunity to ask them if it’s the result of a personal problem.
Keep an eye out for stress
Some of your best workers may be doing themselves some damage. A lot of us have known certain people in our workplaces who seem to have transcended humanity and have become something more like machines. They work all the time, are incredibly productive, and seem inexhaustible. (We may even have been one of these work warriors ourselves!) But these workers tend to burn themselves out eventually. You need to keep an eye on your workers and make sure people aren’t getting too stressed. Yes, it’s a workplace, and some stress is to be expected – but too much of it is inimical to overall productivity. Good employee management should result in less stress.