Happy Employees are Productive Employees

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One of the most useful business skills you can have for rapid business improvement is overcoming staff problems and creating highly productive employees. In this article we explore the best business ideas for turning miserable employees into highly motivated at work.

Staff Problems – You’re Not Alone!

If you have unhappy and unproductive employees in your business, you’re not alone. Many businesses experience a deterioration of staff morale along with less productivity at some stage. Despite a range of better work conditions employees are often not content and this impacts on the business in form of productivity, loss of sales and customers.

It has been shown through many business studies that happy employees are productive employees. Rapid business improvement can be achieved by ensuring employees are happy and highly motivated most easily through an improved work environment and culture.

5 Best Business Ideas to improve the work environment and culture within your business:

  1. Establish quarterly one-on-one meetings to define expectations for all concerned over the next quarter. Work on these expectations as employer and employees together as a team. Consider suitability according to the skills and personality needs of each team member and include an appraisal process. Your workers are looking for clear guidance and a goal to achieve. While you might have this clearly outlined, it is important to also have your employees understand what the business is working towards. Being in the ‘know’ allows employees to feel part of your vision, which can trigger strong motivation and fully engaged staff.
  2. Maintain an open, approachable and transparent work environment so that team members do not feel tentative to approach you or their manager when the need for clarification of job descriptions, roles or tasks arises. Every employee will be more motivated to do a great job and put their best into the task when they know their questions are looked upon as valid and their input is appreciated. While being transparent is not about opening all areas of business up for employee inspection, it is of benefit to have staff know and therefore better understand where the business is heading and why and take an active role to achieve the goal. Being in the ‘know’ creates confidence which in turn develops better customer relation skills and loyalty to the business.
  3. Develop an Employee Role Description Board that documents every team member’s roles and responsibilities – as well as why each role exists – and keep the Charter posted in an area for all to review. Being clear on what an individual’s role entails and why it is in place is a great morale booster and creates loyalty to the job and produces productive employees. The employee can see his/her role is important and part of the entire operation and therefore they are required to be fulfilled in a serious manner.
  4. Schedule Time To Listen: Engaged staff will often come up with new business ideas for your business improvement. Good business skills include making the time there and then to listen to staff seriously or immediately schedule a time to listen. It is important to take every suggestion seriously and often the team member is closer to the action in the business than you or the manager. This can bring valuable feedback to the table and at the same time allows the employee to know he/she is taken seriously and their new business ideas are valuable. A valuable team member feels wanted and will do their best to achieve tasks set.
  5. Feedback should be given on new business ideas proactively, with logical explanations for why a new business idea or suggestion was embraced or rejected. This creates an understanding of how the business is to work and where it’s headed. Offering explanations creates a feeling of being taken serious and validates the new business idea or suggestion.

How do you feel about your employees, and what steps have you or your manager taken to improve a lack of productivity and motivation? Take a close look at these 5 best business ideas in your business and consider where you might be able to change the way things are currently done and see rapid business improvement in your business. And always remember “happy employees are productive employees”!

Accelerated Business Growth Through Engaging Your Staff

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Happy employees are productive employees and can help accelerate business growth. But recent polls show that only one in five employees rated their job positively! What can you do to change that in your workplace? With stats like these we can quickly see why any small business management process needs to consider solutions to staff problems.

Let’s take a look at what has been established in polls. It’s emerged that only one in every five workers feels enthusiastic about their job. Out of every 5 workers 3 acknowledge to not being committed with their full energy to doing a great job and almost one in every five workers is definitely not interested in doing a good job.

How is this possible when employers and business owners offer incentives and higher pay to engage qualified staff?

Productive employees want more than pay and incentives. There is an element of satisfaction that is currently not met by employers and small business management alike.

It’s been established in Employee surveys that manager and employer feedback and guidance is lacking in the workplace. Time to discuss problems is not part of daily routine in many businesses and being able to express new business ideas or suggestions is dismissed by busy and stressed out employers.

In order to feel appreciated employees are looking for feedback, praise and small rewards which is not forthcoming from typical small business management.

Often unrealistic expectations put upon work schedules and tasks meet with resistance and create a lack of enthusiasm in staff members.

It is time to turn that around so your profits can begin to grow!

Why engaging your staff = accelerated business growth…

When you respond to your employees’ unmotivated ways and find out what actions and implementations on your behalf can turn around your staff to become engaged and happy, the following benefits will emerge fairly quickly:

  • Everyone will be more productive and work with more enthusiasm and speed
  • Your people are more focused on their role in producing outcomes that are in line with the businesses’ interests
  • When engaged, workers make less mistakes, are more efficient and will stay in their job longer
  • Happy employees set a positive example for others in the business
  • Due to feeling more involved, staff achieve more, make more sales and as a result business profits are up, and staff problems are down!
  • Engaged employees display positive attitudes towards their tasks, co-workers and the business in general.

 

Just remember “Happy employees are productive employees”.

How to Engage Staff

If your profits are important to you, you will want to know how to ‘engage’ staff and foster enthusiasm and involvement.

The best way to engage staff quickly and successfully is to put in place the following steps:

  1. Regular weekly meetings
  2. Regular achievement evaluations
  3. Training opportunities
  4. Clear work processes that everyone understands
  5. Process to allow feedback and suggestions

Make the time to make these steps part of your overall small business management and you will see your profits rise as your productive employees become more engaged and happy and stay with you longer which in turn saves you on recruiting costs!