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Different Techniques And Methods To Keep Your Staff Happy

James Helliwell

July 28, 2015

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Staff morale is key to a successful business. It doesn’t matter whether you have 3 members of staff of 200 members of staff, the most important thing is that they’re happy and motivated to perform at their very best for the business they work for. Bad morale can spread throughout a company so it’s very important that you stay ahead of the situation by keeping the morale as high as possible. There are numerous ways you can do this and there is no right or wrong way. However, all have the ultimate goal to improve the morale of the company and in turn increasing the productivity. Let’s have a quick look at what business owners or managers can do.

Change up the Schedule

Being in an office Monday to Friday, 9-5 can be very robotic. Therefore it’s good to break this cycle by changing up the schedule every now and again. This doesn’t mean that your work hours have to change from 9-5 to 8-4 or something, what it does mean is actually during the hours of business, changing the way and time of doing things. You could implement 10 minute breaks for everyone throughout the day for example, or you could do Tuesdays schedule on Wednesday etc. Use your imagination!

Quicker Appliances

Most office workers I know tend to enjoy a cup of coffee or too. Most need a caffeine injection to keep them perked, especially during the early morning hours of the day and whilst many love their coffee, many don’t like the wait for the kettle to boil. You could look at installing an instant hot water tap which supplies the perfect temperature water for all your workforce coffee and tea needs. Allow them to make their coffee quicker and they’ll be slightly happier!

Open the forum

It can’t be underestimated how important it is that you give staff a voice and that their opinions be heard. They are the lifeblood of the company so it’s vital that their opinions be heard and taken on board. Give them a regular anonymous suggestion box/questionnaire to fill in every 6 months or so as this will give you a good inside feel about the state of the business from the inside. Often staff might seem happy but behind their manager’s backs, the tune could be a bit different so using an anonymous box is a perfect way of letting them explain their thoughts without the fear of any repercussions.

Change the scenery

It sounds a bit simply but it really can make a massive difference. Giving the workplace a fresh re modelling or make over can certainly brighten up the area and help to lighten up the moral. Fresh licks of paint can make a room seem modern and newer whilst re arranging desks and tables in the office can also have the same effect. You could even let some of the staff help you with the re-arranging so it feels like they’ve had a hand in the remodel as well. Just don’t paint anything too dark because it can feel like the walls are closing in!


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