A successful business is built on happy employees. If your employees are miserable you’ll have a heck of a time making your company rise to the top. No matter how good you are, you can’t do it on your own. You will need competent employees that you can trust to help you along the way. Why do you think the best executives are paid a king’s ransom every month? If you want your business to go a long way, here is how you can keep your employees happy. Give clear and concise instructions. Nothing is more frustrating than a boss who can’t give clear instructions. Giving comprehensible and unambiguous instructions can get the job done faster and lessen the headache of your employees. As John Maxwell says, everything rises and falls on leadership. How can you lead effectively if it is not apparent to people where you are going? When it comes to giving instructions to be as clear as possible.
Create a warm and welcoming environment. People can’t work properly in an environment that is too stressful. Allow your employees to be the best that they can be by creating an environment that is conducive for work. It’s also important to keep communication lines open. Nobody likes a boss who is unapproachable. Let your employees know that you are there for them and that they can talk to you.
Encourage friendly competition. People are naturally competitive. Take advantage of this fact. Give them opportunities to be foster their competitive spirit. Mary Kay, the founder of the multimillion dollar company Mary Kay cosmetics, set up her business in such a way so that the sales progress of each member could be tracked. She would then reward those who were able to meet or surpass their goals. Tracking sales is one way to motivate your employees to succeed.
Provide regular feedback. The best companies regularly evaluate the performance of their employees. Feedback is not the same as criticism. When you criticize you are only telling your employees what they’ve done wrong. But when you provide constructive feedback you’ll be able to tell them what they’ve done wrong and what they can do about it. Feedback is more effective when it is given immediately.
Praise them in public. According to Dale Carnegie, best-selling author of How to Win Friends and Influence People, we should be generous with praise and stingy with criticism. The feeling of appreciation matters more to people than any amount of money or benefits you can give them. If your employees do something right, praise them in public. Let other people see that you acknowledge good performance and pretty soon all your employees are going to want to do better.
Each individual is unique. But despite our differences, we are all wired the same way. We love feeling important, we are naturally competitive and we want things spelled out to us in the simplest way possible. Try out these five tips in keeping your employees happy and watch your bottom line grow.