5 incredibly simple ways to create shiny, happy employees

Shiny Happy People_10mSay thanks.
Saying ‘thank-you’ or praising staff can affect job satisfaction and happiness as much as a 1% pay increase.

Campbells’ CEO spends time each day scanning their internal website looking for news of people who have made a difference in their business. Then he gets out a pen and writes a short note to congratulate them. Anyone can do that right?

Implementing a procedure for showing thanks and praise is achievable for any organisation and it doesn’t have to be ground breaking or costly. No more excuses.

Provide relevant benefits that your employees will want to take advantage of.
Top companies all have one thing in common – killer perks. However, while some benefits look great on paper, do your employees really want them or know about them?

During the busy winter season at Rocky Mountain Tours, the company provides 20 minute massages for their people. This isn’t going to do it for everyone, but it’s valued in this situation.

So stop offering your childless employees health insurance for dependants. Make sure your benefits are relevant to the needs of your team so they are utilised and appreciated.

Make your employees feel welcome from the beginning.
We all remember the feeling of starting at a new job. It can be an intimidating experience at the best of times, but made worse if you feel alienated from day one.

At Accumulate we make people feel special from the minute they walk in the door. Why? Because it shows our new team member that we live by our values and they’re getting what they signed up for.

We set the right tone from the start and that’s why our employees are happy, productive and willing to stick by us for long haul.

Look for opportunities to reward great work.
If an employee achieves something outstanding in your organisation, what do you do? If you’re like 80% of businesses, then you probably do nothing or very little.

At Burton, their staff are rewarded for good work with a free season pass on the slopes, and if it snows 2 feet or more, the office is closed for employees to go snowboarding.

Offering rewards for job performance fosters higher levels of engagement and happiness in employees. And companies who invest in these activities tend to also outperform their competitors.

Have a bit of fun.
You wouldn’t normally put ‘fun’ and ‘work’ in the same sentence, but research shows that people who have fun on the job are more creative, more productive and get along better with co-workers.

At Shazaam PR, when things get too hectic their employees open fire with Nerfguns. They have a fun-loving culture, so it wasn’t a surprise when their creative director went out and bought toy blasters for everyone. After five minutes of childish behaviour, they are refreshed and ready to get back to work.

As well as benefiting from a good laugh, having fun results in fewer absentee, late, and sick days taken by your employees.

Maybe you’re not sold on the idea of shooting at your colleagues or providing them days off to go snowboarding, but at the very least, go forward and thank an employee today.

We promise it’s guaranteed to put a smile on their face.


Sources: The Green Goldfish Project, A survey of 1,000 workers by White Water Strategies, Hodge-Cronin & Associates, Forbes Online

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