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Tips for Keeping Your Most Valuable Employees Happy

Fri, 11/09/2012 - 4:26pm | by Guest Contributor

Nothing about managing a workplace is easy. Problems arise quicker than they can be solved, and it often seems as though you're battling some kind of business complication hydra that grows two new heads every time you cut one off. Keeping your employees happy is one of the most important aspects of running a productive workplace. If you want to keep your valued employees with the company for a long time, consider these tips for keeping them happy in the office.

  1. Pay Competitive Salaries There's no way around this issue. If your employees don't feel like they are being paid fairly for their work, you won't be seeing them for much longer. Employees are an important asset for your company; you can even view them as an investment. Like any investment, you can't expect good returns if you're not willing to spend. Take care of your valuable employees. Pay them competitive salaries and they'll be more likely to stick with you.

  2. Keep Employees Involved Few things are more disheartening to a worker than waking up in the morning, coming to the office to do mindless work for 8 hours, and going home in the evening to forget all about it until the next day. If you want to keep your employees happy, keep them active and engaged in the workplace. Make them a part of important projects and decision making. Ask for input, and included them in conferences. This will all make your employees more interested in their work.

  3. Distribute Responsibilities Fairly It can be tricky to figure out the right distribution of labor in your workplace, but it is important to give this matter lots of consideration. An unfair distribution of responsibilities can make it seem like you're playing favorites with your employees, which is never good. Avoid overloading any particular employee, and be careful about letting anyone off to easy. The workload for each individual should be challenging but manageable for best results.

  4. Encourage Positivity Few things are more vitally important to the overall health of the workplace than employee morale. You want to encourage positivity in the office to keep everyone motivated and happy. Morale has a direct effect on productivity and employee retention. Organize office gatherings, sporting events, and other fun excursions outside of work. Try to foster friendships between coworkers. Keep things light-hearted in the office in fun and creative ways. A positive and comfortable working environment is something that all employees wish for, so let them have it.

  5. Offer Incentives Spending hours poring over accounts receivable financing reports or making cold calls to potential customers can be draining for even the most motivated employee. Offering incentives to your employees gives them something to work towards, a light at the end of the tunnel so to speak. Offer bonuses, send thank you notes, do whatever you can to recognize your employees' efforts. Otherwise, they'll never be motivated to do any more than is required of them.

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