How to Create an Amazing Work Culture

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As a millennial working in a small marketing company, I realized that motivated employees are more productive and value their jobs. Personally, there are moments when I feel going to work a burden. But as a manager, I know my importance in this and how it can affect the workflow of a business. It’s not just about the motivation. Its about how we treat other human beings.

Happiness vs. employee performance

I enjoy running my personal blog more than being stuck in the office from 8-5. The thought of the usual routine and a job description that does not resonate with my set of skills makes me feel like quitting sometimes.

Employers tend to underestimate the fact that employees’ happiness contributes to their overall performance at work. I agree that it’s hard to make somebody happy because happiness comes from within, but painful stressors at work reduce happiness levels and affect employees’ productivity.

What to do to improve employee morale

If there are high levels of absenteeism among your staff or a high rate of turnover, then it is time you reevaluate the confidence levels of your employees. Employees with high morale will be more productive in their work.

Make it a habit praising them for a job well done. When employees achieve their targets, acknowledge it. Recognition plays a significant role in boosting employee morale. Studies show that celebrating success breeds more success. Productivity increases when you recognize your employees’ success.

How to make employees more productive

I realized that to be more productive, employees need to be optimistic and focused. For an employee to be optimistic, he has to be interested and love his job. An employee cannot love his job if he is frustrated. A high-stress level at work makes employees hate their jobs. They became less motivated, and they will ask for sick offs more often.

When the brain is optimistic, it fuels performance. Sales are likely to increase by 37%, productive energy by 31% and chances of promotions will increase by 40% if the employees are focused and optimistic. You can read the research at Harvard Business Review.

These are some of the measures you have to put in place to make your employees more happy and productive.

Be good to your employees

When you are good to your employees, you will value them. You will not see them as a means to an end but as a part you and you will endeavour to make their lives easier as they work for you.

Create realistic expectations. Provide sound leadership and ensure that you have the welfare of your employees at heart. Give them breaks. Offer breakfast to workers who work on shifts and allow them to take long breaks during lunch hours. You will realize that employees who don’t feel pressured work best and are more motivated.

Let your employees feel valued

Nothing makes somebody happy than knowing that someone else values them. Imagine what more it would do to your staff? Praise them when they perform above par. This, however, does not mean you ignore mistakes

If an employee does something wrong, instead of punishing them, talk to them calmly. Make them understand why they need to do it right. If you don’t see any changes after several corrections, then it is time to reevaluate if the employee is a perfect fit for that particular job. Valuing your employees does not entail much. It may only mean smiling at them or just asking about the welfare of their families.

Create a favourable work environment for everyone

Create a culture that caters to every employee’s needs. This will lead to increased productivity. Some employees feel productive in the morning. There are those who are more productive in the afternoon. A good employer will capitalize on that and allow employees to work when they feel more productive as long as they cover the number of hours they are supposed to cover in a day.

Ensure that your staff has the right resources for carrying out their jobs. The office set up should have the right ventilations. They should not feel stuffed in the wrong office space. Some employees thrive in open office space while there are those who love privacy. Provide for these needs to make them happier.

Get everyone involved

I love it when employers use the theory of management by objective. This approach ensures that all employees are involved. In this method of management, employees are responsible for making decisions. They participate in every bit of planning. This gives them the zest and drive to succeed. Create that feel of a family touch. Value their decisions while offering some leadership.Ensure that there are policies in place on how to act on various issues. The policy should resonate with every employee.

To keep employees happy and working, ensure that you are that good employer who values your employees. Create an environment that employees will thrive in. Let them enjoy the workplace and keep them involved in every issue that happens within the organization. The above tips will make your staff productive and a lot happier in the workplace than you ever imagined and business will be good and profitable.

Matthew Snider is a writer, a personal development junkie and a regular blogger at Self Development Secrets. Matt, with his one quarter Asian descent, did not start out as a writer, but he says, “the love for a subject is the most important aspect of writing. The readers want to read something written by someone who understands them.”

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