The Key To Happy Loyal Employees
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Every company wants its employees to be happy and loyal. If employees are unmotivated and there is a high staff turnover, it’s likely to have a negative impact on your productivity and reputation.
Below are just a few different ways in which you can encourage employees to be loyal and happy.
Pay your employees enough
Many of us are more money-driven than we’d like to admit – low pay is one of the most common reasons to leave a job. When you’re making a lot of money, there’s a much bigger incentive to stick around.
Company CEOs such as Shawn Meaike of Family First Life prize employee pay very highly and have built very successful companies while paying employees highly:
‘We want our agents helping more families than they ever dreamed possible, while also being allowed to enjoy their lives with their own families while achieving financial independence.’
Of course, paying employees generously requires a good business model in which you can make enough profit.
Involve employees in company decisions
Employees are more likely to care about a company if they are involved in key decisions. Trusting your employees to help make decisions can help them to share a sense of responsibility.
This could include hosting brainstorming sessions to come up with new business ideas or voting on certain decisions. As a business owner, you still have the final say, however, you should still take your employees’ opinions and ideas into account.
Nurture employee skills and interests
If an employee is skilled in a certain area or has a certain passion for something, make sure that they are given a role that plays to these strengths. Don’t consistently give employees tasks that they are not good at or that they don’t enjoy, otherwise they’re likely to grow unhappy and possibly leave.
There may be some duties that no one wants to do, however, in this case, someone has to do these tasks. Consider whether it’s better to encourage employees to take such tasks in turn rather than forcing one employee to do all the dirty work.
Stand up for your employees
Employees are more likely to respect you if you stand up for them. Too many companies make the mistake of believing that the ‘customer is always right.’
There are times when the customer is in the wrong and your employees may need support. Providing this support for employees can help to motivate them by letting them know that they’re not on their own.
Be available and approachable
It’s important to be available for your employees if they need to ask you important questions or tell you important information. Make sure that you’re not always out of the office and try to answer texts and emails promptly.
When it comes to approachability, make sure that you’re not dismissive or angry whenever an employee comes to talk to you. There may be times when you need to set boundaries, but you also don’t want employees to be too scared to approach you – otherwise, they may withhold important information from you.
*This article is based on personal suggestions and/or experiences and is for informational purposes only. This should not be used as professional advice. Please consult a professional where applicable.