While there are many ways to keep staff productive, few are as well-established as keeping them happy. As basic of an idea as this, understanding which steps to take can be a much more challenging task. Taking a look at online research, we’ve managed to narrow down a few options which can each contribute to better worker states of mind. They might not individually make all the difference, but by taking these small steps and others like them, the result can end up as more than the sum of its parts.
Frustration and concerns add up
Over time, small frustrations can become anything but. This is especially the case if repeated suggestions from staff have gone ignored, leading them to deal not just with the initial annoyance, but the compounded feeling of being disregarded. To this end, it’s best to assuage staff of their concerns and ensure them that you can relate.
One way we consistently see staff fears manifest is through the fear of security risks, as is constantly reported upon by standout cases in the media. Even if you already operate some security systems, it can be worth adopting additional programs like network security monitoring software to combat doubt. These types of programs can generate easy to understand readouts of attempted threats, identify risks, and even help prepare for compliance audits for easy reporting. Not only can steps like these protect you in the long run, but they can also help show staff that they’re not at risk and that they’re being taken seriously.
In terms of frustration, one of the biggest factors that consistently annoy workers is password management. In a 2019 survey, 42% of US workers reported that managing passwords negatively impacted their personal productivity, and this is a problem that can be solved. New biometric security systems can eliminate the password concern, and leave your staff better off.
Comfort and convenience
The relationship between physical office environments and employees is well-established, yet it’s often an association we can ignore in favour of achieving base functionality. To address this, businesses can take a two-pronged approach in adopting a more comfortable environment at work, and considering allowing greater remote-work availability.
While you don’t need to go top-of-the-line, more comfortable and ergonomic office equipment can make a big difference. Enabling remote work can have a similar effect in allowing employees to achieve an even greater level of comfort at home. As a bonus, the more people who work remotely, the less you’ll have to invest in office furniture, which keeps costs down.
Our last suggestion would be to not assume a one-size-fits-all solution for improving staff morale. What’s perfect for one business might be a terrible fit for another, depending on employee makeup and culture. To ensure you’re making the best possible changes, remember to poll your workers, and treat their personal opinions as paramount. Any suggestions that are agreed upon can then be trialled, to determine potential long-term viability. Just be sure to remember that there’ll be a teething period for even the most positive of changes, so be patient, and take note of employee happiness and productivity as both sides adjust.