“Leave your personal problems at home.”
“I don’t care, just get it done.”
“You’re lucky to have a job at all.”
Are you guilty of saying – or thinking – any of these things? If you are, it’s time for a reality check. Sentiments like these are one reason why only 29% of employees fully engage at work. And that is a big deal. Research shows that happy employees – engaged employees – are good for business.
Why Happy Employees Are Better Employees
In 2015, the University of Warwick conducted a 700-person experiment. Their goal was to determine how employee mood affected productivity. The results were clear. Both short- and long-term, happiness created more productive employees. And the opposite is true, too. Unhappiness was linked to decreased productivity which could last up to two years!
Other benefits of having engaged, happy employees include decreased turnover and faster growth. In short, every business can benefit by making sure their employees are happy and engaged at work.
How to Boost Morale
If you’re worried about low morale in your team, what should you do? First of all, remember that an employee’s relationship with their manager is the biggest determination for engagement. Focus on getting to know your employees. Take time to listen to their problems – both business and personal.
Having friends at work can also help boost an employee’s engagement. Team-building exercises are not a waste of time. Rather, by bringing your employees together, you can increase office productivity!
Another thing that can affect employee happiness is the company’s flexibility. In a 2014 survey, 78% of the nation’s happiest companies offered a four-day workweek. Many also offer family care services. If you are in a position to institute more flexible scheduling for your employees, this could prove very beneficial.
It’s easier to keep employees engaged when they are already good workers. That’s why, the next time you are in need of a new hire, you should start your search with Staffing Partners. As a top Oregon Staffing Firm, we provide quality candidates with the skill and work ethic needed to succeed. Contact our expert recruiters today to request an employee.