Mindful Management – 5 Affordable Ways to Keep Your Staff Happy
1. Let Your Staff Know You Appreciate Them
Your business is nothing without its staff. In today’s busy world, it’s easy to take for granted the people that surround us, but you can let your employees know how much you appreciate them by giving them quality corporate gifts.
Whether it’s to acknowledge a job well done or to simply say, “Thanks,” gifting fun, thoughtful, or useful gifts make your staff members feel appreciated and valued. If you wait until Christmas time to give gifts to your staff, you’re missing many opportunities to keep them happy.
2. Offer Paid Time Off for Family Issues
A good work-life balance is important to people of all ages. Today’s fast-paced world leaves little time for family, but offering paid time off for things like child care and appointments gives employees the peace of mind they need to feel as if they can handle it all without stressing over losing their job or not being able to make ends meet.
3. Give a Bi-Annual Day off to Pursue Their Interests
You can get to know your staff better and show you care by giving them a paid day off twice a year to pursue their interests. It will give them an opportunity to volunteer for a cause, spend time with family, or even take time for themselves. When given a specific day off like this, your employees come back more focused and productive and more committed to the company than ever.
4. Offer a Flexible Work Schedule
Technology has advanced so far as to allow many people to do their jobs from anywhere. If your work is such that it can be done virtually, you may want to think about offering a flexible work schedule that allows your staff to do their jobs on their own time while attending to other commitments. In addition to a flexible schedule, you could also consider a reduced-hour schedule. All these options cost little to implement but mean the world to busy employees who find it difficult to strike a good work-life balance.
5. Stock the Vending Machines with Healthy Snacks
Today’s health-conscious worker tries hard to take care of himself, but vending machines stocked with sugary, carb-loaded snacks can be too tempting to resist. What ends up happening is an afternoon slump that slows productivity. Switching out those unhealthy snacks for healthy choices instead shows your staff that you care about their health. It also gives them nutritious fuel choices that get them through their busy days with long-lasting energy and productivity.
Talented, hard-working employees are always looking for their next best career choice. If they don’t receive the recognition and incentives they desire at their current job, they will find them elsewhere. As a smart employer, you know how valuable these people are to the success of your business. You may not have a lot of money to woo them with, but you can certainly keep your staff happy using the inexpensive but meaningful options listed above.