During the industrial revolution, it’s fair to say that many people didn’t love their jobs. But, they did it; five days a week, from 9-5, no questions asked. We’ve come a long way from the daily grind and the bar has been raised. In order to attract and retain employees, company’s must do what they can to create happiness in the workplace. The positive affect on employees liking, and potentially loving their jobs, is that employees are more invested in the business and the company’s success. Loving breeds increased employee productivity, employee morale and employee motivation.
5 tips to increase the love within your company:
Respect – treating your employees with respect will ingratiate them to the business. As the old adage goes, “do unto others as you would have them do to you.” If you treat them with respect, they’ll pay you back by respecting your requests to do their job and do it well.
Exposure and Access – Employees want exposure and access to the executive and/or management team. Employees want their voices and suggestions heard. I have one client who implement a Profitability Improvement Program where by employees make suggestions on ways to improve profitability. Every submission receives executive team recognition, and employees who’s suggestions are implement also receive cash awards. This program is a great way to give all employees exposure and access that they might not normally have.
Communication – Informing employees about the state of the business and the future direction will further engage them in your efforts. Practice an open door policy, don’t just say you have it. Clearly communicate your mission, values and goals for the business and stick to it! One of the top reasons cited for poor employee morale and lack of communication.
Training and Development – Employees want to grow skills. Creating an environment of continuous learning will make employees feel appreciated and that you care about their career and not just that they show up for work every day.
Challenge and Reward – Challenge employees with varied work assignments and reward for a job well done. You don’t necessarily need a huge, formal reward and recognition program, but you do need to say “thanks.” If you incorporate “spontaneous acts of appreciation” into your management practices, you will reinforce the cornerstone of your business success – your employees.
Engaged employees are happy employees and happy employees feel the LOVE!