One of the hardest things for any business owner to do is to keep employees happy. It's not that they don't understand how to do it, it's just that when it comes to the people who work for them, you have to appeal to many different personalities, wants and needs. 
People in your business are what matter and since the pandemic candidates matter more than ever before. Making your employees happy turns them into loyal employees, and that's what you need. While you may not be in a position to consider things such as the four day work week, you might consider doing all that you can to get the employee retention credit that you could have got through the pandemic. The good news is that there are plenty of ways that you can keep your employees happy, you just have to know where to start. Luckily for you, we have a list of things you can get started with below.

  • Look at your company culture. You have to look at the kind of business you have to know whether or not people are going to want to work within it. The environment plays a massive role in the happiness of your employees, so you should make an effort to stay as positive as possible and keep that employee environment light. Managers should be setting the tone by practicing what they preach, and zero tolerance policies should be set for things such as bullying.
  • Be communicative. One of the hardest things for employees to deal with is a manager who doesn't communicate effectively. That doesn't mean you need to start shouting people down when you are having a bad day, but it does mean learning exactly what your people need for them to succeed and thrive. When you do this, you will find that people are happier and healthier working for your business than they are at any other time.
  • Make sure that feedback is a two way street. If you are busy giving feedback to your employees and telling them all of the things that they are doing right or wrong, then you should expect the same back if people aren't thriving in their environment they should be able to feel comfortable enough to come and tell you and if they can't fill that comfort then you should be looking at the way your management strategy is working and see that it is not. Employees should never feel too scared to speak to their managers about discomfort in the workplace because they're spending upwards of eight hours a day with you and working for you. You have to do exactly what you can to ensure that you uncover the insight towards growth.
  • Offer people a pathway to success. People don't want to start a new job and be stuck in the same job for years. It's not a recipe for employee happiness to be stuck in the same company and in the same job doing the same thing for the same pay. Therefore you have to provide opportunities for your team to do well. It is well within your power and your remit to do this, you just have to know what it is that they want and how to ask them for it. Demonstrate that your business can and will recognise success in people who are willing to make a difference, and honor and celebrate it at the same time.
  • Don't forget the pat on the back. We don't mean a literal one because that can be quite condescending. But we do mean the type of pat on the back that shows employees that you have noticed and recognised when they are doing well. Recognition is such a huge deal to employees and it's vital that you see that and show them that you know that. Recognition on your part is going to make a big difference for them and that's what you want to be achieving, good recognition for your team. Comfort is important in the workplace and if people feel like they're being listened to and celebrated then they are more than likely going to work better and harder for you as a business leader.

When you are smart about what you are offering your employees in their business and in their jobs then you will be able to have a workforce that stands the test of time. You want people to do their best for your business which means you need to do better for them first.

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