1. Recognize when employees are making progress. Pause and highlight milestones that people hit or challenges they have overcome. Ensure that people feel their contributions are rewarded by simply saying “thank you.”
2. Make employees feel like they belong. To be happy at work, it’s important to feel like “you have a friend.” This gets challenging especially when the company gets busy. People need to feel like they know each other and so time like this yields positive results.
3. Take an interest in who employees actually are. One of the key questions that always gets asked in employee surveys is “Do you feel like your boss cares about you and is trying to give you the tools to succeed?” This will lead to employees that are much more engaged at work.
4. Make it fun. Organizations that feel “light” where people can joke around occasionally with each other have stronger cultures. When mistakes happen, people can see the funny side and are not just focused solely on the downside. These provide additional moments of connection as discussed in point No. 2.
5. Let your employees disengage sometimes. Many employees feel like they are always working because they have “a cubicle in their pocket” that they can never turn it off. This makes employees feel tremendously harassed and stressed. Encourage times when employees are completely disengaged so they can focus on their family and set their own personal priorities.
6. Encourage exercise and sleep. Enough of both of these does great things for employees’ focus, attention, creativity, energy and mood. In the long run, consistently doing “all nighters” are counterproductive.
7. Stop calculating everything. As a business owner, stop keeping score every time an action is taken. Don’t always be thinking, “If I did this for an employee, they should do that.” Do what is right and don’t calculate.
Source: Gretchen Rubin, New York Times bestselling author of The Happiness Project
Caleb Bagwell/Employee Education Specialist
John Maxwell Certified Leadership Coach
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