All business owners need a productive workforce, but productivity alone isn’t the only thing that matters. Whilst there are all sorts of techniques to help your team meet (and exceed!) their targets, it’s important that it doesn’t come at the expense of their wellbeing.
Finding the key to staff productivity
Happy workers are naturally more productive. Anything you can do to reduce stress levels and make lives easier is going to help staff focus on the task at hand, without stress distracting them on top of everything else. Bearing that in mind, here are some great ways to improve staff wellbeing which will translate into better productivity for all.
Give flexible working a try
The work-life balance has been a popular subject over the past few years. Employees are crying out for a bit more flexibility and understanding from their employers. Sadly, in most cases, employers have been quite rigid with their thinking, relying on “the way it’s always been” rather than trying something new. Flexible working hours, letting employees work from home or shorter working weeks will all go a long way in boosting staff wellbeing.
Compliment more than your criticise
When you’ve got your head down with running the business, it’s all too easy to overlook good work getting done – especially as that’s what you’re paying staff for in the first place, right? It takes nothing to send a “well done and thank you” email at the end of a particularly busy week. Of course, if there’s an issue that needs to be brought up, you need to voice your concerns to staff. Just make sure that problems aren’t the only thing you speak to your staff about.
Prioritise wellbeing with staff perks
Supporting employees in their own personal care reminds everyone that they count too. You can offer gym memberships, cycle to work schemes, office fruit deliveries or even host activity-based staff nights out. It’s also not just about physical health, mental health could always use some support. Make sure you’re approachable so your staff feel they can come to you with any problems they’re facing.
Make a conscious effort to listen
Not being listened to is incredibly frustrating for anyone. Whether it’s taking new ideas on board or or even just having a chat to to make a connection with them, listening to your employees help them feel valued and appreciated, boosting mood, self-esteem and their connection to your company.
It’s hard to let go and delegate as a business owner. However, you hired these people for a reason. You need to trust them to get on with their jobs. That also means when one of your members of staff highlights an issue that they’re an expert in, don’t just dismiss them because you disagree. Micromanaged staff feel stressed, not trusted and this takes a toll on wellbeing and productivity.
What are you doing to boost wellbeing and productivity for your staff? What are some bad habits you see other business owners doing with their staff? Let us know your thoughts below.
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