A workplace isn’t just somewhere you go to work; it’s a space that should be conducive to focus, productivity and above all, it should promote an environment for collaboration. Bosses should take whatever work your employees do and make it feel valuable, and have them know that they’re contributing to a bigger picture of success and growth. This is the basis of good company culture, and doing a few small things well can make your company a desirable place to work. Here are a few ways you can make your company a better workplace for your employees.
1. Encourage Your People to Grow
Stagnant people who have no ambition or desire to grow and improve become complacent and lose motivation. By encouraging your staff to take courses or to improve their skill sets by spending some of their day learning will help curb this complacency. Not only that, your employees will feel cared for and that means increased loyalty. As your employees’ skills improve, you might find that they are suitable for promotion too, which will mean savings on recruitment and an increased drive from other employees when they see that there is room for growth within the organization. Ultimately this will lead to happier, more motivated, and more loyal employees.
2. Focus on Safety
There is a practice in construction companies that value safety to have a chat and discussion about safety-related matters on building or construction sites. This quick meeting takes the form of something similar to a safety briefing but encourages everyone to share and get involved. They’re commonly called toolbox talks but can go by many other names too. These meetings are quickly finding homes in many different industries outside of construction as safety and security become top of mind. Discussion topics might include general building safety and security, cleanliness and sanitation, or even dive into topics like the security of company information and trade secrets. Holding these toolbox talks and encouraging everyone to get involved shows that safety is a priority.
3. Recognize Performance
Employees want to know that you recognize and are thankful for their contributions to the success of the company. This is the reason why recognition programs like “Employee of the Month” and similar awards are so common. Recognizing performance and offering a reward for this performance is paramount to happy, motivated, and high performing staff. Consider reward types like financial or time off, but also think outside the box and offer employees who go above and beyond things like weekend getaways or office perks. The possibilities of how to reward your employees are endless.
4. Don’t Measure Performance by Working Hours
The traditional prescription of working hours has started to see a dramatic shift in thinking by forward-thinking companies who value their company culture. This new way of managing people is to give them some autonomy when it comes to working hours and instead of placing the value in performance rather than working hours. It’s in this autonomy that the value of your employees’ time is put to the forefront and that means they’re likely to be more productive and, in fact, perform better and put in more than if you prescribe them working hours during which they have to be present. After all, what do you measure your employees’ performance? Do you need your employee to be at a desk for 8 hours a day, or do you need them to complete the project you’ve assigned them to?
By recognizing the person behind the employee ID and understanding that each person is different and finds reward and motivation in different ways, you can create a working environment that is better and more conducive to your employees going the extra mile for your business.
About Author: Chris Fraser
Chris has served as a business advisor to a big list of small and micro businesses; localized businesses and social enterprise in particular. Chris is also an avid reader and loves to stay updated about latest tech and innovation.