You want your employees to feel good about coming to work each morning. Ideally, you want them to show up because they want to, not because they have to. That means, as leaders it’s important for you to keep your employees happy and the workplace positive, which takes a great deal of commitment and creativity. And, don’t forget, the happier the employee, the more productive they’ll be, so it’s in your best interested to keep them happy. Here are a few ways you can promote a positive, productive and happy environment that won’t break the bank.

Set the example.
Make sure you are promoting a positive work environment and it all starts with you. Make a conscious effort to walk into the office every morning with a smile on your face, to say hello when you pass by an employee, to ask about their weekend, (and more importantly, stop and listen to them when they respond). Acknowledge employee successes and accomplishments, treat them to lunch, and encourage continued education and training. It’s up to you to set the mood, so make it your mission to be positive and do right by your team.

Be transparent and available.
Make sure your employees know the big picture in terms of company goals, strategy and long-term plans. The more aware an employee is of where they fit in an organization, the more inclined they’ll be to remain engaged and motivated. In terms of communication, being available to your employees will make them feel like you value their time, input and ideas – an open-door policy is encouraged.

Customize management styles.
It’s imperative to realize that not all employees are motivated by the same things. As a manager, it’s important that you find out what makes each individual employee “tick” and manage them accordingly. Management is not a one-size-fits-all.

Have fun.
As it turns out, there’s a growing trend in the workforce that indicates employees value an experience over cash. You don’t have to plan anything too extravagant, and there are a variety of options to appeal to all different kinds of personalities. Some suggestions: Hire a trainer and have a workout session together, buy tickets for a sporting event, cut out of work early and go to a happy hour.

Provide flexibility.
We’re in an era where work-life balance is arguably the number one benefit to employees. Thus, assuming their work is done well and they are meeting deadlines, trust them enough to feel comfortable to let them work from home or a local coffee shop. Provide enough flexibility for your employees to be able to go to doctor’s appointments, children’s assemblies, etc. Moreover, provide flexibility in terms of growth. Afford, and encourage, them the opportunity to learn new skills.

Say Thank You.
This is the most important morale builder of all. The age of annual reviews is quickly coming to an end – managers should be providing continuous feedback to their employees and congratulating them on a job well done in real time. Rewards and recognition are high motivators for employees, not just monetary compensation. Often times, when an employee becomes disenchanted with their job, it’s largely due to the fact that their role has become stagnant and they’re no longer engaged in the workplace.

 

Katie Giuliani, Operations & HR Manager
AtlasAdvancement, Inc.