If you own a business, your goal should be to make money (of course!). However, you should also strive to make your employees happy. Lately, we’ve been inundated with images of offices around the world that find unique ways to boost productivity and encourage creativity. Small business owners might not be able to do things on such a grand scale, but there are smaller and more affordable ways to lift your employees’ mood.
Reading is a great way to broaden your horizons, and if you buy your employees an eReader (which are fairly cheap these days) they’ll not only learn more about the business, they’ll read more overall. Reading a good book is a great way to stimulate conversation around the office, and buying Kindles or tablets will certainly appease the gadget lovers you work with.
Start With Good Software
Buy some solid technical software for your team; it will help cut their workload and their stress levels. Consider buying some audioconferencing or screen-sharing software—both are excellent for solving problems without ever leaving the office.
Engage in Team Building
Team building isn’t difficult—there are quite a few companies that specialize in it, especially if your business is based in or near a big city. Getting the team together for some exercises will help them feel more comfortable and confident around one another, and your office’s productivity will improve greatly.
Make Life Easier for Them
It’s easy to overlook the little things, but making efforts to ensure your staff’s comfort is essential. If you have employees who travel for work, booking them for an airport lounge or a business-class flight will certainly ease them into the trip.
Don’t Forget to Thank Them
No matter how high up you get, you shouldn’t forget to thank your employees. Keep an eye on your goals, and if you surpass them, send out a quick email thanking your team for its hard work. It’s all too easy to get caught up in the corporate world, and showing that personal touch will help your employees feel more valued (and happy).
Celebrate Birthdays and Other Special Occasions
It might sound obvious to some, but you’d be shocked at how many corporations let their employees’ birthdays and other special occasions pass by without a second thought. It can be as big as giving them the day off (with pay), or as small as having flowers or cupcakes delivered to their workstation. Celebrating birthdays is a simple way to let your employees know you care, and that you value their contributions. Employees are like everyone else—when they feel as if they’re valued, they’re more happy and productive.
The most successful businesses got that way because they made investments in their employees. Send them to seminars and conferences, encourage them to learn about your field, and don’t be shy about spending money on them. Let them try new ideas and work on new projects—and they’ll feel like they’re part of something special.
Written by Gozde Kar for Name Badges International: Producers of professionalised name badges.