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Get the Most Out of Your Employees

The more motivated your employees are the more valuable they are to you.  The adage that “you get out of something what you put into it” definetly applies to the employer-employee relationship.   The Dale Carnegie Training organization recently came out with a study that found that only 45% of managers and supervisors and 23% of employees at other levels qualify as being “engaged,” meaning they feel passionate, stimulated, and invested in their jobs.

While there is no one reason why an employee is not engaged, or motivated, one of the leading influences on employee engagement is displeasure with an immediate supervisor or manager.  Employees that have problems with their bosses have an 80% chance of not being engaged at the workplace. Other causes may be not feeling  appreciated, feeling overworked, confusion over tasks and responsibilities and even boredom.

There are various methods of addressing these issues and “getting more for your money.”  Read on for 5 ways to get the most out of your employees.

1. Praise

It is human nature to want to feel that our time is well spent, that we are good at what we do.  And, since many employees spend more of their waking hours at work then they do with their families and friends, this means it is up to the employer  to provide that necessary feeling of pride.  You can do this be letting them know when they are excelling on a project and giving them recognition when they have exceeded the expectations of their job.

2. Just be Nice

As simple as that sounds, it goes a long ways towards an employee’s satisfaction with their job.  It doesn’t  take much effort to say “good morning” to your employees at work and to say “please” and “thank you” when requesting something.  These simple gestures make an employee feel appreciated and respected.

3. Be Clear

Communication is essential to all relationships, especially those at work.  While there are many techniques to improving communication, some very basic ideas will work such as frequent feedback on job performance, well-timed pep talks.  It can be anything from informal around the coffee or more formal with a specific purpose, to a one-on-one conversation or a group meeting, to a last minute power speech or a scheduled Q&A held every month – it’s all good.

4. Have Some Fun

Work doesn’t have to be “all work.”  Having ditch days or unscheduled employee events that have nothing to do with work will let you get to know each other outside of the work environment and build team camaraderie.  It shows that you value their quality of life.

5. Offer Good Bennies

Don’t underestimate how important benefits are to employee satisfaction and retention.  Some of the basics are health insurance, paid parking, free lunches, generous vacation policies, or a great 401(k) plan.  In addition, there are other perks you can offer such as subsidized housekeeping massages, daycare, travel assistance, and dry cleaning. And, training is huge with employees. It can be in-house training, seminars, certifications, or on-line classes that you reimburse them for.   It’s a win-win.  Your staff stays on the top of their game, which benefits you, and they in turn feel valued.

Employees who feel appreciated will work harder and be happier doing it.

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