In today’s work culture, excessive work and long hours are seen as the best way to reach prime success in an organization. Employees have become workaholics to advance their careers, leading to a feeling of physical and mental exhaustion – or employee burnout. Employee burnout is a plague for any business and can have detrimental results. As an effective leader, your first priority should be taking care of your employees to avoid burnout, retaining good talent and resources. Here are a few small steps you can take to make a huge impact on employee satisfaction.
Provide feedback – Employees benefit from and seek feedback to know how they are performing. Positive feedback and recognition is typically appreciated as well and can make an employee feel prideful of their work.
Change the environment – Switching up seating arrangements, office decor, lighting, noise, and temperature are all minor adjustments that can make a workspace more productive. Giving employees the flexibility to sit where they want or to decorate how they wish can increase satisfaction as well.
Volunteer together – Set up a few hours during the workday to collectively volunteer with a local organization. Employees will feel a sense of altruism and may get a new sense of appreciation for the company’s morals.
Hire temporary help – During a busy season, hire temporary or part-time employees to help with the workload. Not only will this take the stress off away the full-time employees, but hiring temporary help is much cheaper than losing full-time employees who leave as a result of the stress.
When in doubt, use food – Rewarding employees with food is an easy and relatively inexpensive way to increase their satisfaction. This could mean catering a lunch for the office one day, getting your team coffee and donuts in the morning, or keeping a fully stocked refrigerator in the breakroom.
Keep up with training – The best employees and managers are always learning ways to be even better at their jobs. Investing in semi-regular training can help with professional development for the employees and their managers.
Be flexible – Offer employees work from home opportunities, summer hours, or extra vacation time. Employees are less likely to abuse this flexibility when they are given the opportunity to fit a schedule around their lives outside of work. This also increases the feeling of work-life balance.
Stay in the know – Check in with your employees regularly to keep in the know on how each team member is doing, as well as the team or department as a whole. Some employees will not express that they are stressed until it is too late. Be familiar with their workload.
Get creative with tasks – If an employee feels stagnant in their position, try to find a new project or task for them to work on. It will give them a sense of responsibility, provide a new perspective and gauge their interest, and they may even help to solve an issue that will benefit the company overall.
These examples are a few of the many inexpensive ways to keep your employees engaged and feeling less stressed. Listen to your employees first and foremost, they know best and may have some other great ideas to implement.