Whilst your business will always run smoother with happy employees, it is sometimes easier said than done. However, there are actually ways you can make your employees happy to be at work.
As a business owner or team leader, there are many ways you can create a great workplace for your employees. It’s obvious to say that it’s important to be happy at work, because we all spend a lot of time there. Being happy at work and having a high staff moral is good for everyone's general health and wellbeing. Plus, it helps you and your staff to achieve more if you are happy and reaching your goals.
In order to achieve this happy medium between work and employees, it is vital to communicate with your staff about the future. You might have some amazing goals for your business, but does everyone else know about it?
Workplace planning days are a way to make to open such communication channels and turn the workplace from average to great.
Organisation is the key
Depending on the size of your team, aim to schedule annual strategy meetings as a group, whether it is a department, or the whole company. Make regular workplace planning days a genuine place to exchange and transmit information.
The big day
Start with an empty agenda and open it up for everyone's input.
This should be a general brainstorming session. With this in mind, ask everyone to come up with ideas about, "How we could do better as a business". Don't flag this ahead of time. What you want to do is open this up. You want free flowing thinking, so people feel free to say everything on their minds.
Make it a fast paced and exciting exercise. The answers don’t have to be long or arduous – anything from "fixing the filing cabinet" to "business development" to "we want the latest software program". Nothing is too big; nothing too small.
As a group, gather these notes together and group them into three areas: operational; technical; and aspirational.
These comments will allow you as the boss or decision-maker to see what needs fixing. Often bosses don't even have a proper understanding of what the problems are in the workplace; this type of communication will help you find out.
Additionally, prepare yourself for the day with a few ideas of your own. During the gathering of suggestions, someone needs to collect the data and ensure that these great ideas are sent around as a memo or better yet, captured on sheets of A3 paper and placed around the workplace where everybody can see these ideas.
This way, it is constantly at the forefront of people’s attention when they go to the fridge or water cooler and then each person can take responsibility for crossing off their own suggestions as these things start to be done in the office.
As a business owner or team leader, you need to prioritise what you can and can't achieve in the business. During the planning day, make a list of action items and issues from the ideas raised which you can immediately address and get as many of them organised as possible.
People may love their workplace, but hate that their computer isn’t fast enough. They may not like the person sitting across from them. They may resent always being the one who keeps the office tidy or cleans up after staff functions.
Find out what your employees like and what they don't. Even the most miniscule thing can end up being the straw that broke the camel’s back, so it’s best to find out the problems early and turn your business into a great workplace.