From B. Loehr Staffing.
It should come as no surprise that having fun at work and improving your employees’ quality of life are directly linked to improved employee engagement, productivity, and retention. Recent studies also indicate that enjoying work lowers employee healthcare by increasing employees’ overall quality of life. In fact, statistically speaking, happy employees take 66% less sick leave than other employees and help boost company morale as a whole. Additionally, while happy employees reportedly spend 80% of a given week on work related tasks, unhappy employees spend only 40% of their time on work.
Increasing employee productivity without spending a significant sum of money is something any boss can get behind. Addressing the direct connection to an employee’s quality of work and life, in tandem with their work performance, without dramatically impacting your company’s bottom line is important. To begin improving your employees’ quality of life and work today, consider the following tips:
- Recognize a job well done. Many employees, especially the younger employees of Generation Y, respond favorably to frequent recognition. Do not rely on the old adage of no news is good news. As a manager, make it a point to always have something positive to say about your employees and their work. This will help your employees realize that their efforts are recognized and the company needs them.
- Avoid micromanaging. No one enjoys having someone hover over their shoulder. This especially rings true today with the large number of self-starters and other employees who do not require much managing. Trust your employees with the freedom to think for themselves and produce exceptional results.
- Challenge and set goals. Challenge your employees with new tasks that may be beyond the scope of their job function. This will help encourage your employees and keep productivity high by making them feel like they are part of the big picture. Combine these challenges with your internal goals and plan a reward for when the goal has been met. Even simple rewards can help revitalize your employees and give them a greater drive to produce desired results.
Improving your employees’ overall quality of life in the workplace will directly result in a more productive and happier workforce.
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