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Happy employees make for profitable businesses. But it can feel like happiness is a purely personal issue from a management perspective. In fact, there is a lot that employers can do to elevate their employees and keep them happy and successful. Here are 6 of our best ideas to help you keep a smile on your team’s faces.  

Recognize Your Team

Nothing is more disheartening than failing to be recognized for the hard work that goes into a project or deliverable. Recognition can start with a simple statement of thanks. The long-term value of appreciation is often immeasurable. Employee engagement is built and supported by both recognition and compensation. Too many employers forget that recognition is as much a part of the equation. Don’t let your staff feel like they are working a thankless job. Rather, boosting morale with on-the-spot recognition is a budget-friendly and moral-boosting leadership strategy.

Clearly Define Career Paths

In a recent Randstad US Survey, it was revealed that the number one reason employees leave their jobs is the lack of a career path. Think about that for a moment, because it’s a huge problem. A lack of an individualized career path for employees shows a lack of commitment to long-term staff, and those employees who leave know it. Companies must reevaluate their long-term retention strategies to include the kinds of succession paths and career growth opportunities that encourage and engage workers. If an employee feels that their company is committed to their success as an individual and in supporting their long-term growth within the company, they are more likely to feel satisfied on the job and motivated to do their best work on a day-to-day basis. 

Invest in Training and Development of New Skills

Employees are motivated to do their best work when they are learning the new skills and technologies that will make them more effective on the job. Employers who invest the ongoing education of their staff are likely to see employees more committed and loyal to their companies in the long term. It can be a real challenge to stay on top of all the latest trends and processes that are needed to stay ahead of the competitors, but that doesn’t mean that they’re not interested in staying up to date. The support and investment of their employers will go a long way to employees empowering themselves to keep learning.

Emphasize the Importance of Health and Wellness

Show your team that you care about their well-being. Make sure they have the time and resources they need to support their health and well-being. Depending on your business situation, you can provide sick leave and PTO, gym access, and health plans that prioritize the well-being of your employees. Making sure that you put your money where your mouth is around these topics is critical, so make sure that your team has the support they need to live their best lives.  

Focus on Engagement

Engaged workers are happy and more productive than their disengaged counterparts. It is important to nurture engagement in your team.  Make room for different perspectives, experiences, and values to contribute to the overall dynamic of your team. Recognizing that different workers from different generations may engage in the work in different ways. As an effective manager, you should know what the values of your staff are. And you should ensure they remain engaged in the work by tailoring your management style to their unique personalities.

Competitive Financial Compensation

Paying your team members a fair wage is critical to their happiness. Take the time each year to research current market rates. This helps get an updated perspective on what constitutes a fair wage in your area. If you don’t, you’ll be surprised by why your teams are not as happy as they were when you hired them.  

For more tips on building great teams, connect with the staffing experts at Williams Industrial today.  

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