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Want To Keep Employees Happy? 5 Research-Backed Tips

Within this environment, it’s become increasingly difficult for many companies to keep employees happy, motivated, and productive. That’s why, in this article, I’m going to share the best tips for motivating and keeping employees happy within your company.

#1. Rally Around A Mission

Keep employees happy by giving them meaningful jobs, not boring busywork.

Nobody wants to stare at the wall for 8 hours a day, 5 days a week. Your staff wants to know that the work they do is making a difference. In their “Happiness Works” report, Robert Half found that pride in an employer was a key happiness driver for many employees. While building a successful company, we must also create a brand that our staff can brag about to their friends. Here are some suggestions:

  • Invest in your design, so you look modern and professional.
  • Build your company mission around relevant, shared values.
  • Go above and beyond what’s legally required with benefits and perks.

#2. Encourage Respectful Communication

Structure your communication so it's respectful of everyone's time and ears, mmkay?

In 2020, when our accounting firm switched to remote work, we all realized that there are many challenges that accompany working from home. One of the biggest hurdles we had to overcome while working from home was communication. While working from home, we kept everyone in the loop with daily Zoom calls. We’d discuss questions, that day’s tasks, and updates from our personal life. These daily check-in calls helped our team stay united and supportive of each other throughout a year of delayed deadlines and an insane workload.

There’s no stopping a team that knows how to communicate clearly with one another. One of the best ways to improve communication at all levels is through an open-door policy. An open-door policy allows any employee to voice concerns, bring up ideas, and ask questions at any time. Combined with a company built on transparency, an open-door policy can 

#3. Offer Powerful Feedback Often

I believe it was Bill Gates who said, “We all need people who will give us feedback.” Over the past decade, I’ve learned that employee reviews are vital to building a team that is motivated, happy, and successful. If I don’t provide good feedback to my staff, I can’t blame them for not becoming better employees.

In 2020, I wrote an article for Firm of the Future that provided tips for improving employee performance reviews. Here are the tips I recommended in that article:

  • Map out expectations and goals for your employees.
  • Respect your staff’s time by preparing before 1-on-1 meetings.
  • Ask employees how you can better support their success.
  • Check in with employees frequently

#4. Build A Great Company Culture

Simon Sinek presentation on changing company culture to keep employees happy.

“We cannot control the things we cannot control,” Simon Sinek told attendees of a 2019 talk about company culture. As a leader, I’ve read many articles that urge managers to implement cultural transformation by changing employee behavior. The problem is, leaders shouldn’t really try to control their employees, as much as lead them. That means that we’re the first ones in the line for changing. 

#5. Offer A Remote Work & Hybrid Work Setup

Gallup’s 2021 State of the Global Workforce report revealed that 45% of people said that the coronavirus pandemic has affected their lives “a lot.” The deaths of loved ones, sickness, and the incessant news chatter have taken their toll on workers all over the world. Now more than ever, employees are seeking ways to rebound from the disruption caused by COVID-19. 

2021 Reimagine Work Employee Survey by McKinsey & Company

A 2021 McKinsey report showed that 51% of respondents crave a better balance between their workplace and personal life. After experiencing the flexibility of remote work in 2020, many employees are hesitating to return to a cubicle. Some of your staff may prefer an in-office environment over the solitary setting of remote work. However, other employees may be more productive as they work from home.

Now, this isn’t to say that remote work is the key to employee happiness. There are many challenges that work-from-home employees face, including learning how to disconnect and staying motivated. But, by keeping communication channels open among your team, you’ll be able to support and encourage one another.

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A happy employee will be engaged and do their work at a higher level of productivity. The modern workplace was disrupted last year and, in my opinion, was forever changed for the better. Employees are resigning from their jobs to either start their own business or find a better manager that will appreciate them for their talents. But by following the tips in this article, you’ll improve your staff’s satisfaction and ensure that each employee enjoys coming to work every day.

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