Company executives, supervisors, and managers often get so wrapped up in the day-to-day tasks that they sometimes overlook how their employees want to be treated. Treating employees properly will help keep them happy, establish loyalty and increase job satisfaction. Satisfied employees are more likely to stay with a company long term. Engaging your employees and listen to their needs to learn valuable clues about how they want to be treated. Every employee and company will have unique elements that need to be accounted for. We’ve compiled a list of ways you can better treat your employees:
Respect, courtesy, and trust. Everyone wants to know that their contribution is valued and that they are trusted to do their job. Try to give your employees the same level of respect you would expect.
Appreciation. When someone does an exceptional job, tell them so. Oftentimes, employees feel as though only their failures are recognized, so begin to praise them about their successes. Be sure to include compliments in the same conversation where you are pointing out shortcomings.
Provide perks and a pleasant work environment. Employees spend more time in the office than they do at home with their families or friends. Make the office environment a place that your employees want to work in. Offer them perks such as occasional meals, memberships to health clubs, a day to work from home or even just a $5 or $10 gift card to their favorite coffee shop.
Compatibility with co-workers. By the same token, employees spend more time with their co-workers than with their families as well. Foster a great team environment to allow for individuals to get along without petty drama.
Engaged Managers. These types of environmental factors can be made or broken by the engagement of the management team. Be sure managers at every level of the enterprise are properly trained to foster job satisfaction and loyalty.
Provide training or assistance. A person who can contribute to your organization should have access to continuing education. Provide employees the opportunity to attend seminars or workshops. Even consider mentors to help put individuals to the next level. Providing opportunities to grow individually will help make employees loyal to the organization.
Clearly defined goals. Most importantly, you must provide each contributor to the team clearly defined goals for their success. This will help them see how their contribution provides for the overall success of the company and enable them to understand what is expected of them.
Treating your employees well will not only keep them satisfied and loyal, but will foster the type of environment that will attract new talent. Always be on the lookout for creative ways to engage your team and foster success.