Heya, Tash here! Hope you enjoy my first blog 🙂 …
At Worx, we feel strongly that happy employees make the best employees and as employers, we should endeavor to find ways to improve their work-life. Alongside this, we want to find ways to help them feel fulfilled in life, in general, ensuring they are on route to achieving their ambitions and making a difference in the world in a way that matters to them.
So for the past couple of weeks, I have been on a mission to research employee happiness with the hope of finding key principles we need to heed to keep our employees happy. We have gathered all the intel together and can now present you with the 10 most important ideas that came up time and again. A set of principles we will be following at Worx to help keep our employees and suppliers happy, focused and fulfilled in their role. So, without further ado, here are…
10 things employees need to feel happy in the workplace
1. To feel proud.
Any person wants to be able to feel proud in what they do. When asked about how they make their living, they want to be able to boast rather than apologise and for the people they meet to be at least a little impressed. A key part of feeling proud in what you do is feeling like you make a difference. This could be achieved through seeing your own actions making an impact, or through seeing yourself as a valuable part of a whole that is achieving something special in the world.
2. To be treated fairly.
While employees usually understand that life isn’t fair, it’s important they don’t feel their employer is making life more unfair than it already is. Employees expect the perks and promotions to go to the people who work hard, not the people who suck up. Of course, it’s rare everyone will agree on who the most deserving person is, so handling office grumbles that result from a perception of unfairness takes quite a bit of tact.
One thing that can help is to keep everyone on the same page by giving regular performance feedback. By discussing their strengths and weaknesses you educate them on what they need to do to succeed at the company, which helps explain why they may not have received that perk or promotion.
3. To respect the boss.
It’s true that employees want respect from the boss, but just as strong is the need to feel respect for the boss. If they are going to commit to giving their loyalty to the company, employees need to believe that their boss is a leader who is worthy. No one wants to feel like their working for a looser. So as an employer, make sure you lead by example and lead well!
4. To have their voice heard.
As people who have dedicated their working hours to your business, employees most often know your business intimately. As such, they hate it when the boss doesn’t have the time or the interest to listen to what they have to say. Employees don’t expect the boss to always take their advice, but if the boss won’t hear them out they assume the boss doesn’t care about them, which tends to lead quite quickly to a “why should I bother” mentality.
5. To have a personal life.
Where many employers take ‘live to work’ as their guiding principle, employees are more likely to want to ‘work to live.’ Employees usually think of friends and family as the most important thing in their life and will get twitchy if work keeps them away too much however committed they are to their job. So make sure you are not asking over the odds from your employees, and be aware of when you may be asking too much.
6. To be coached not micromanaged.
Employees want the boss’s help when they ask for it, or they’re floundering so badly they’re afraid to ask for it. If an employer is looking over their shoulder the whole time, micromanaging their every move, employees can quickly feel undervalued and useless. They usually start not doing tasks because the boss will do it again anyway, thinking “what’s the point”, so it’s important to find the right balance.
7. To see the useless get their comeuppance.
In almost every workplace there are one or two slackers who don’t pull their weight. Almost more than anything else, employees want the boss to fire those douches. If the boss doesn’t, employees know he’s either a weakling, a fool, or a douche himself.
8. To feel less stress.
When people feel they’ve got too much to do and not enough time to do it, they feel stressed, which isn’t enjoyable for anyone. Employers must plan carefully, anticipate problems and set realistic goals, so that they don’t accidentally and unnecessarily add stress to their employees’ lives.
9. To have a little security.
No sane employee expects lifetime employment. Even so, it’s hard to concentrate when you feel as if a sword is hanging over your head. Employees want to know that they’re not wasting their time when they’re giving your their best.
10. To beat the competition.
Finally, never underestimate the power of teamwork, especially when teamwork means grinding the other team into the dust. Employees don’t want to be team players; they want to play on the winning team.
We hope to satisfy these 10 principles and that as a result our employees will remain loyal, happy and hardworking. But what about you – What are the key principles that guide you in how you treat your employees? Do let us know over on Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn!