Happy, productive employees: a how-to guide

53954832 - busy business people working.Studies routinely show that happy employees are more productive. A 2016 experiment in Britain by the Social Market Foundation and the University of Warwick’s Centre for Competitive Advantage in the Global Economy, for example, found that employees who are happy were on average 12 percent more productive, and their productivity reached as high as 20 percent.

It’s really not a secret. If you feel valued by your company and enjoy being at work, you are more motivated to perform at a higher level. It’s simply human nature. While watching the bottom line and meeting company objectives is key to a company’s success, having fun on the job is just as vital. In fact, for some employees the workplace atmosphere is as important as their paycheck. Maybe more so.

Here are some simple ways to keep teammates engaged and increase their enthusiasm for your company:

Time off – Nothing is appreciated more than an extra day off with pay. Have a drawing for a day off or establish a program in which a day off is given to employees who don’t use any unscheduled sick or personal time off during the last six months.

Games – End staff meetings with some sort of game and award the winner a gift card to a local restaurant or coffee shop. It’s a fun way to liven up the gatherings and build teamwork.

Flex time – Employees today are seeking a work-life balance. Allow employees to work flexible hours when possible. It’ll help retain good employees.

Casual days – This can’t be overstated. Dressing casually can make employees more comfortable and relaxed. It’s a great little perk.

Employee recognition – Everyone wants to be noticed for work well-done. Create an employee of the month program and hang a plaque listing the winners’ names in a prominent location in the office.

Equipment – Employees need the right tools to do their jobs more efficiently. When evaluating equipment needs, include the employees who will be using it in the discussions. They best know what’s needed to get the work finished.

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