Once you’ve made the decision to expand your small business, it’s time to start thinking about employee satisfaction. Simply put, happy employees are better workers, and it has been proven time and time again that productivity increases as employee morale rises. So take the time and invest the small amount that it will take to show your employees just how much you value their contributions to your business. Some small steps will go a very long way and can truly help improve the bottom line. If you aren’t sure where to start, here are some easy things you can do to improve employee morale.
Refresh The Mind Through The Stomach
The old saying about “working to live” is still very true. But it’s very important for your employees to have opportunities to enjoy time away from work together. The occasional happy hour or team lunch will help your employees feel appreciated, productive and can really boost teamwork across the board. You’ll be helping the interpersonal relationships on your team, which will, in turn, help your staff work together on other projects in the future. If you really want your staff to appreciate it, make sure to buy the first round or two, and your next happy hour event will be a huge hit with your staff.
Promote Health Through Ergonomic Furniture
Most office jobs have your staff sitting for at least six or seven hours a day. That’s a lot of sitting around, and it can wreak havoc on a person. From weight gain to cardiovascular problems, muscle soreness and more, sitting for multiple hours at a time is just not good for you. Instead, offer your staff the option to have a standing desk, or at least bring in an ergonomics expert to ensure that your employee desks are all situated properly. It may seem like a large investment, but your staff will thank you by taking less sick days, and they’ll even be able to work more efficiently.
Encourage Small Breaks Throughout The Day
If your office doesn’t have a space to relax and take a break, then you’re actually costing your organization productivity. It may seem counter-intuitive, but breaks actually keep a person more productive by allowing him or her to “reset” and “refresh” their brain. A comfortable space where your staff can sit, enjoy a snack or lunch, read a book or even watch a little television can really help the office atmosphere. In addition, offer your employees time to take a walk during the day as well. A short walk every day can help your staff stay healthy, and they’ll thank you for the chance to get outside to stretch their legs.
This article was written by Deborah Flomberg for Small Business Pulse