As a manager, increasing employee satisfaction is one of the most important things you can do for your business. Unsatisfied employees lead to high turnover rates, lowering productivity and forcing your business to spend more money on hiring and training. Examining your own management style is the first step to reducing turnover. Employees who leave often do so because of their managers, not the job itself.
Dealing Out Responsibilities Without Rewards
They say that with great power comes great responsibility, but the reverse is not always true, much to the chagrin of overworked employees. If you require your employees to work longer, harder, or at a faster pace, you should always compensate them with an increase in pay or status. Working employees harder without rewarding them gives them an incentive to look for other jobs with managers that show their appreciation in more tangible ways; this hurts your business in the long run. Even in the short run, overworking employees is ineffective; for every hour you work them over 50 hours per week, their productivity declines.
Offering Little Encouragement
Beyond rewarding your employees with raises and promotions, don’t overlook the importance of smaller gestures. Public praise and private encouragement make it clear to your employees that you recognize and value their efforts, motivating them to achieve even more. Even when your employees’ efforts come up short, it is important to thank them for their accomplishments. Let them know that you still respect them and trust them to do better the next time.
The best employees are those who see working for you not as a job, but as a calling. Many workers will join your company with a myriad of ideas to make it more successful. As a manager, your job is to nourish these ambitions. If an employee has an idea to improve efficiency at your company that can be realistically applied, give him or her a chance to put it into practice. Even if the idea isn’t realistic, discuss it with the employee, working together to find a way to make it work. This will make your employees feel more fulfilled and valuable while generating new ideas to help your business succeed.
Sticking to Static Work Schedules
Employees who are forced to follow the traditional 9 to 5 work schedule often feel confined and limited. To the extent that it is possible in your business, allow employees to set their own hours, rewarding them based on the amount of work they accomplish rather than the amount of time they spend at the office. This gives employees the freedom to pursue other hobbies and interests. It also rewards them directly for any increases in productivity, incentivizing them to work harder.
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