Top tips to Improve employee satisfaction
1. Respectful Treatment of Employees
Now that the economy is improving, management teams may find themselves less stressed about profits and productivity. This is an excellent time to reach out to employees, find common ground with each of them and earnestly attempt to see their points of view.
Most importantly, managers should show respect for their employees’ perspectives. In the past, leaders could ignore certain problems raised by workers and cite hiring freezes for why these problems could not be addressed by hiring more help. Those excuses will probably not fly in a recovering economy, especially since better and more enticing job openings might become more prevalent elsewhere.
2. Look after the work environment and housekeeping issues
Small things make a big difference. Employees are more likely to be disgruntled if they are regularly using sub-standard facilities or facing frustration caused by slow servers, insufficient software or broken equipment. Deal with staff complaints swiftly and embed reporting processes to identify issues. Additional personalized touches to the office, whether that be pictures on the walls or a full-scale Google slide, will create an atmosphere that will engage employees and improve their perception of coming to work. Allowing employees to take responsibility for their own workspace and apply small individualized touches will embed a sense of belonging and support job satisfaction.
3. Training and investment
Support your employees in striving for more and drive their career development. Investing in employees by offering training, up-skilling, mentoring or coaching is proven to enhance their satisfaction and engagement with the business. As an employer, you not only benefit from happier employees, but the additional skills and expertise they are subsequently able to offer.
It’s no surprise that compensation and pay scored so low among actual employee satisfaction. And while it ranked lower in relative importance than it did in previous years, wages and compensation remain very important factors in recruitment and retention. Now that the economy is improving, you might want to try injecting some variable pay options into your compensation plans.
Understanding the psychology of your workforce is critical, and it helps to know that a steady paycheck is no longer the determining factor for why employees gravitate to certain companies. Use this information to improve your management techniques and you’ll reap the rewards of a more engaged, enthusiastic and satisfied staff.