In order for a company to succeed it requires a workforce that is dedicated to the corporate vision. A workforce will innately be more effective and efficient when a company's leaders provide a positive environment and keep their workers happy.
Here are five reasons why successful companies—the kinds of enterprises people want to work for—have happy workers.
1. Practice Open Communication and Trust
Everyone has ideas. But the most successful firms understand that it's in their best interest to listen to what employees are saying. This goes for everyone in the organization, from front-line workers to C-level executives. In order for open communication to occur, every person must feel comfortable coming forward with a solution or idea. This open-door policy builds trust.
Successful companies foster a "trust triangle" based on three elements: relationships, decisions, and execution. All three are essential. If one is missing, trust won't come easily, or at all.
2. Create a Career Path
People strive for a better future, and a career is a big part of it. If you create an environment where each employee can envision their professional future with your company, those individuals will be encouraged to stay. Advanced education opportunities, internal training and mentorship, combined with a documented plan will assist in creating a career path for employees.
3. Offer Benefits that are Above and Beyond What's Expected
Perks - a potential employee is always going to want to know what you got! Unique benefits that cater to your employees will go further in hiring those A-players! Flexible work options, education allowances, bonus structures, expense allowances such as transit passes, and other perks will create HR buzz. Be creative with it!
4. Establish a Conflict Resolution Tool
Conflict is going to happen, even with a happy workforce. It's important to implement a conflict resolution tool and to train staff how to use. Encourage employees to resolve conflict among themselves before escalating to their manager. Remember: open communication equals a happy workforce.
Work hard, play hard. It's important to celebrate success on a personal, team and corporate level. Rewarding your employees will give them recognition for their efforts, and the chance to have fun.
Of course, there are many ways to keep your employees happy but these are a handful to start implementing today.
"I'm a success today because I had a friend who believed in me and I didn't have the heart to let him down." - Abraham Lincoln
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