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6 Actionable Tips for Increasing Employee Satisfaction
6 Actionable Tips for Increasing Employee Satisfaction
by Heather Redding 26/08/2020
Employee satisfaction is an essential aspect of every organization. A satisfied employee will always put their best foot forward to ensure the company’s productivity levels are high.
Getting your employees to be satisfied with their jobs is not just about salary bumps; it means making long term cultural shifts that will leave the employees feeling much valued.
When you meet your employees’ needs, they’ll develop a positive outlook towards the company and its goals. You don’t want them to feel unhappy and dissatisfied because when this happens, they’ll lose their motivation and underperform.
Increased job satisfaction can impact your business or organization in many positive ways.
Benefits of Increasing Employee Satisfaction
Increased employee satisfaction is a significant determining factor in your business’s overall productivity, success, and growth. As an entrepreneur or personnel manager, you should focus on strategies that will boost employee satisfaction and result in a productive workforce that drives business success.
Some of the benefits you’ll reap from increased job satisfaction include:
- Improved business productivity
- High bottom line profits
- Low employee turnover
- Reduced recruitment costs
- Ability to attract and retain talent
- Satisfactory customer service
There’s quite a lot to gain from boosting your employee satisfaction. All you need are actionable tips to turn your employees’ morale around and grab your ticket to great business success.
How to Increase Employee Satisfaction
It may be a daunting task to measure and improve job satisfaction. But with these actionable tips, you’ll be sure to recognize the positive difference in your employees’ performance, implying that they are happy and content with their roles.
1. Provide a Positive Working Environment
Having a positive working environment will significantly influence the way your employees feel. It can keep them motivated throughout their working hours and will reflect in their performance.
A positive environment is not just about the organizational structure but includes the overall experience shared between your employees and their colleagues, immediate bosses, and the company culture.
You can establish a positive working environment for your workforce by:
- Having open communication with them
- Establishing healthy working relationships
- Listening to them and promoting equal opportunities
- Building trust with, and among them
2. Streamline boring tasks
Sometimes you’ll need to identify the low-performing areas and find out what is causing it. It is likely that low performing areas happen because of over-complicated processes, or redundant and monotonous tasks.
Combine data entry with unreliable tech, and you get disengaged employees.
Not to say that data entry is useless, on the contrary. For example, tracking company inventory or reviewing valuable assets can affect both the profit and resource allocation.
However, once you understand the cause of disengagement, you can implement solutions to streamline such processes and make them less tedious. Employees can do their job faster and more effectively, and later direct their focus on more creative and fulfilling tasks.
Within no time, you’ll witness an improvement in employee performance.
3. Collect and Provide Proper Feedback
Getting and providing proper feedback helps your employees to grow. To them, receiving feedback from their superiors is vital to their satisfaction.
Without feedback, they’ll remain unsure about the effort and work they’re putting in.
You should always be keen on collecting and providing feedback regularly. Feedback will not only enable you to address problem areas but also help you build trust and keep your employees motivated and satisfied.
Your employees get a high sense of satisfaction when you, their leader, listens and immediately acts on feedback. Your positive, genuine intent and constructive response will make them feel valued at the workplace. It also shows professionalism and equality.
4. Develop Your Employees’ Skills
Allowing your employees to develop their skills through additional training can improve their efficiency and boost their motivation. The employees’ job satisfaction will increase, knowing that you care about their growth and career development.
Employees always look forward to having an opportunity to learn new skills or upgrade their existing ones.
A training program will give them the chance to acquire knowledge that will increase their work efficiency, help them grow, and boost the company’s productivity.
You can invest in them by offering training, mentorship, upskilling, or mentorship opportunities. Giving them a chance to grow and advance in your organization will make them happy and satisfied.
5. Prioritize Employees’ Health and Wellness
Employee health and wellness are critical to both the workers and the company. The sedentary nature of life in the office can affect one’s health and cause depressed moods, lack of morale, and employee dissatisfaction.
To boost their job satisfaction, you can offer them flexible working hours, consulting, wellness programs, or even allow them to work at home when they request. It can also pay to give them some time off for leisure and relaxation.
Health and wellness programs are very educational.
They can help employees learn better ways of living a healthy lifestyle and relieving work-related stress associated with increased health issues. High blood pressure, fatigue, gastrointestinal problems, and hypertension are just some of the consequences of work-related stress.
A program to educate them on these health issues, make healthy food choices, set fitness goals can go a long way to fostering their health. When your employees are healthy, they’ll be focused, productive, and satisfied.
6. Celebrate Achievements
Employees feel valued when you appreciate their efforts. You can celebrate your employees’ contributions to the company’s milestones and goal achievements to make them feel valued as part of the success team.
There are plenty of ways to make your employees feel appreciated and recognize their commitment. You can celebrate work anniversaries with them, praise them in meetings, organize an office party, reward them with gift vouchers, send them on vacation, and so much more.
When you recognize and acknowledge your employees for their input, their productivity, morale, and overall job satisfaction will increase. It energizes them to strive to improve even further and outdo themselves.
Let them know that you recognize their efforts. Motivate them for their achievements to create a shared sense of accountability and accomplishment.
As a company or department head, going the extra mile to increase job satisfaction for your workforce requires you to know your employees well. This way, you’ll be able to influence their happiness and make them work hard towards the bottom line.
With just a few actionable tips, you can improve employee satisfaction and reap long-term rewards.
by Heather Redding 26/08/2020
Heather Redding is a part-time assistant manager and writer based in Aurora, Illinois. She is also an avid reader and a tech enthusiast. When Heather is not working or writing, she enjoys her Kindle library with a hot cup of coffee. Reach out to her on Twitter.
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