How to Retain Staff and Boost Morale
As any good manager will tell you, the key to running an efficient workplace is keeping the staff happy. It may seem like a no-brainer, but you would be astounded to hear some of the horror stories employees have told me about the terrible conditions under which they are forced to work. All this does is create a high turnover of staff, which means lower productivity because you're constantly having to train new employees and then repeat the process. A good manager knows that the key to productivity and efficiency is a long-term staff who know they are valued and feel happy to be at work. There are several ways in which you can try to create a good work environment for staff, from taking the responsibility of office cleaning off their hands to making sure their work/life balance is respected. Here are a few tips:
These days, no two families have the same requirements and the changing economic climate means that people have to shift things around a fair bit in order to be able to fit all their commitments in. If you can offer a flexible workplace tat acknowledges that people have other commitments than just their jobs, you will be able to retain staff for longer, make sure they are less-stressed while they are at work ad make the most of everybody's full potential.
Promoting a good social atmosphere in the office is something that every boss of manager can do to make sure that staff bond and enjoy their time at work more. This can be as simple as organising Friday-night after work drinks, or making a special effort to celebrate birthdays and special occasions when they come up. Never underestimate the binding power of a cake at morning-tea time!!
Reward Good Work, and Be Constructive About Bad Work
Too often, the only time employees ever have direct dialogue with their manager or boss about work issues is when there is a problem. It is vitally important to reward staff by letting them know you value and appreciate the good work they are doing. Also, no one likes being reprimanded for bad work, so try and make criticism constructive rather than destructive to their self-esteem.
Keep a Clean Office
The environment in which we work contributes largely to the way we feel when we are thee, and this included the cleanliness of the office. asking staff to do the cleaning themselves is not really acceptable, and for a relatively low cost, you can get a commercial cleaning service in to keep the office looking neat and tidy. You'll be amazed at the effect this can have on company morale, and an organised space will encourage productivity and efficiency.
Keeping your staff happy is as vital a role as teaching them how to do their jobs properly. It effects every aspect of how your workplace runs and is a necessary part of management that all too many people forget.