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How to Make Your Business a Happier Place to Work


Money is great, but there are other important factors to employee satisfaction. You have some great people working for you. You want to give them more than just the occasional pat on the back. You also have some people who could stand to work harder, and you want to motivate them. Here are some ways to have fun and create a work environment built on optimism, teamwork, and respect.

Share Your Vision

Employees don’t just want to come to work every day. They want to be part of something that makes a difference. Show them how your company is part of something bigger. Here are some tips:

  • Share how your services improved customers’ lives through the company blog.
  • Encourage employee involvement in community events to allow them to give back as a group, then feature their involvement in company publications.
  • Donate goods or services to the needy. Involve employees.
  • Make your business good for the environment. Educate employees on how they can save resources and funnel the energy savings back to them.

Recognize Important Events

Do something to acknowledge every employee’s birthday. Keep up with life events like weddings, graduations, and new babies.

Some of the most difficult situations arise when tragedy strikes. When employees experience long-term personal illness or a death in the family, it’s important to know their employer supports and cares about them. Have a plan and set aside funding for these situations.

Train for Positivity

Identify the behaviors you feel would most benefit your employees. Talk about, give examples of, and model that behavior. At your next meeting, get employee input. Brainstorm a list of positive affirmations and behaviors. Post the list where employees can see it and set goals to make use of it daily.          

Show Employees How Much You Appreciate Them

One of the things employees value most is feeling appreciated by their boss. Try these strategies to make them feel valued.

  • Notice specific things they do and comment as soon as you see them. It doesn’t have to be a huge thing to say thanks. For example, when you see an employee replacing paper in the copy machine, thank them.
  • When you notice someone putting in extra effort, give them time off. Say thank you and tell them to leave fifteen minutes early.
  • Buy food. Put a pizza in the break room with a card that says, “I know this has been a stressful week. Thank you for your hard work.”

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Posted on: July 12th, 2017


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