The best 7 ways to keep your employees happy

A successful business isn’t just defined by its profit, clients, and name. It’s also measured by the employees, and how happy they are. High turnover? You need to look into why that might be.

Here are some simple changes that companies can make to ensure that their team are not only healthy and happy, but also so they truly want to stay with your company for the long haul:

Prioritise work-life balance

Not everyone needs to be chained to their desk from 9-5, Monday to Friday. It’s important to ensure that your employees are able to do the things that matter to them. Whether that’s working from home full time, part time, or even one day a week, or just being able to workout and shower on their lunch break. See the bigger picture, and give your team the space and balance that they so desperately need to avoid burnout.

Give more than the bare minimum

Sure, a fruit basket in the office is nice, but there’s so much more out there. Whether it’s providing unlimited classes with BUA or private healthcare, look into what will make your employees feel happier and more at ease. This means that whilst they’re working, their mind will be on work, knowing the bigger stuff, like their health, is already taken care of.

Offer better holiday leave

‘We offer 20 days leave, plus bank holidays’ is not an incentive to join your company. That is the legal minimum that employees in England are given with any company. It’s become a trend recently to offer unlimited vacation, which is at the discretion of the employee. You’ll attract the best employees, and you’ll feel safe in the knowledge that you’re prioritising their mental health.

Say ‘thank you’ more

The folks that work for you aren’t robots. Regardless of seniority, or length of service, it’s always nice to be thanked for doing a good job, going above and beyond, or even for making the team a good cuppa once in a while!

Be flexible

Got a kid? You better be cheering them on at Sports Day. Need to visit the doctor? Take your time. Got a delivery? We can’t wait to see the new addition to your lounge! Let people enjoy their lives and deliver their work in a timely manner – the less micromanagement around, the better, and you’ll see productivity skyrocket!

Learn about them

Find out the names of their children, dogs, spouse, and goldfish. It’ll mean a lot when you remember the little details about their life. ‘How did Rex get on at the vet’ shows that you not only listen to them but retain information that may not seem important to you, but is to them.

Recognise and reward

Whether it’s a weekly gift voucher for a random act of kindness around the workplace, or a shoutout in a team newsletter, being recognised is important. By knowing their workplace highly values them, an employee is far more likely to be happy and want to stay.

As always, stay fit, happy, and healthy.

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