5 Ways to Keep Your Staff Happy and Motivated in 2016

Research suggests that 60% of people are more likely to look for a new job after a holiday period. With a major break just behind us it’s a good time to look at what you’re doing to keep your staff happy and motivated.

Posted 20 January 2016 by Adam Harris

5 Ways to Keep Your Staff Happy and Motivated in 2016

Research suggests that 60% of people are more likely to look for a new job after a holiday period. With a major break just behind us it’s a good time to look at what you’re doing to keep your staff happy and motivated. There are two main reasons why this is important;

1. If your staff are unhappy, that could reflect poorly on your company culture, morale or management.
2. On average it costs 20% of an annual salary to replace an employee.

So read on for 5 ways to keep your staff happy and motivated in 2016.

1. Be a “good” employer

A “good” employer is one who sets clear expectations of employees, including what is to be done, when it is to be done by, and where it goes after they complete their responsibilities. Within these expectations, you need to set clear boundaries, demonstrate healthy leadership and provide sound direction.

You don’t necessary need to create a complex employee manual, it can be as simple as outlining your philosophy and expectations. Whatever expectations you set, make sure they are consistent with all employees. Include such things as workflow, best practice procedures, lunch hours and flex time if you have it. The more issues and expectations you outline, the fewer problems arise, which leads to happy productive workers.

2. Give employees ownership

No one likes to be micromanaged. People work best and are happiest when they have ownership over their work, when they can solve problems their way and express their individuality.

It’s also essential that the person have a path of growth within your company and gain increasing ownership and responsibilities. If expectations are set around best practice and your companies philosophy then empowering employees through ownership of their work is a powerful way to lift motivation and happiness.

3. Provide and ask for regular feedback

People dread yearly reviews because it’s often the only time they get feedback and what if they’ve been unknowingly doing something wrong in the 364 days since last year’s review?

Have staff review meetings at least 2 times a year and make time to have quick one on ones with your team members. This actually saves pain and frustration in the long run, prevents disconnects and increases staff happiness. Giving and requesting feedback can have a measurable improvement on productivity.

4. Place value on employee health

It’s not healthy to work all the time. The businesses with superior retention rates are the ones that recognise that wellness is essential to productivity and happiness.

At NZ Digital we have created an atmosphere focused on wellness within the workplace. Finding time outside of work to exercise is often tough, so we have introduced things like group gym sessions, yoga and even touch rugby. We’ve found that this has helped increase productivity and boost company morale.

5. Create a productive atmosphere

The physical layout of the office is important to maximising productivity. People need enough room to work, the correct supplies, and a comfortable and pleasant environment.

In our office we have live green plants, and a light, sun filled environment. People feel better about themselves, their jobs and the work they perform when they feel a connection to nature around them. In fact, workers who are near plants or windows report significantly higher job, boss and co-worker satisfaction than those without. They also report being happier. If live plants are not an option, pictures or murals of outdoor scenes have some benefit.

Offer healthy food choices in break rooms. Healthy food helps people think better, improves mood and increases energy levels. Finally allow employees to personalise their work space, within reason. We all need a place to call our own.

That rounds out the 5 ways we work to keep our staff happy and motivated. If you’d like to know more about how we foster an award winning culture get in touch.

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