How To Keep Your Employees Happy And Motivated At Work

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While offering money as a reward to employees can show support and thanks, it’s often a quick-fix and not the best way to show gratitude and promote long term happiness.

There are other ways to praise success and achievement through personal support and professional development. Above most things, people value a good work-life balance as well as perks and benefits that encourage learning, support mental health and wellbeing. 

Communication is also important, as well as having a reliable and supportive HR department who can offer guidance and information when needed. There are times in a person’s career where they may need extra support, due to a new baby, illness, or loss of a loved one. A good HR department should be able to provide help and guidance to employees during these events. Some businesses opt to invest in HR software systems to ensure employees are well looked after. 

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Here are some ideas on how to encourage your team, provide motivation and improve successes.

Encourage a good work-life balance.

Be flexible with working hours, child care needs, encourage conversation, take an interest, and show support for any hobbies or interests. Create an environment where employees feel their personal interests and needs are valued and the organisation has a positive impact on their life.

Honesty is the best policy

It’s important to offer feedback, praise, and constructive criticism to your employees, but it’s the actions you take after doing so that are even more crucial. Make sure you actively show support and follow through on any commitments you’ve made to your team. Clear and transparent communication will also be greatly appreciated – it’s always best to be honest and upfront with the people you work with to ensure everyone is on the same page.

Encourage development

Providing personal development, training opportunities, and career support is a good way to show your employees that you care about them. Businesses should offer career planning, mentoring, and support to their teams. If employees are made aware of different career paths and opportunities within the business, it will help the company to strengthen, grow and develop.

Promote development and success

Acknowledge success and achievement both privately and publicly, as happy employees make a successful business. Reward members within your direct team frequently with positive feedback and rewards. Encourage your team to further their learning, develop new skills and knowledge. These skills can then be brought back into the company and used to expand the knowledge of other team members. Happiness is infectious and a positive attitude can give energy to a whole team. In creating a positive company culture, you could maximize productivity throughout your company.

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