Only some are lucky enough to love the job they are working. Going to work everyday for these people is a blessing and a welcomed walk in the park, even on their roughest day. However, if you keep your employees comfortable and feeling well appreciated, even the Joe that’s only there for a pay check will perform his job better. Better performance from your employees means better profit for your company. Here are a few ways you, the business owner, can make that happen.
Keep it Cool
There’s nothing worse than working in a hot sweaty environment when you don’t have to. With the exception of factory work and jobs like construction, controlling the temperature of the work place should be first on the list. Of course, this can be a problem in the other direction, as well. If an employee is too cold, they will spend a great deal more energy shivering just to stay warm and tire more quickly. A tired employee will not put out the best work and diminished work will diminish your return. Keep it cool.
Reward Good Work
It’s obvious we are not in grade school anymore, but the joy of the possibility of a reward never fades with age. If your employees are doing a great job, tell them. You could do this a number of ways. Give them a raise. Everyone could use extra money these days. Set production goals and quality benchmarks that, if reached, will reward them with an extra off day or two. As time goes on, time spent with our family and friends becomes a luxury many would welcome more of. You could also just tell them what a wonderful job they are doing. Many people feel like a number in the company they work for. That personal interaction is bound to boost their mood and self confidence.
Provide Rest Periods
Yes, it is mandatory in almost every state that the employer provide at least a 30 minute lunch break. However, studies show that just a 30-minute power nap, besides the lunch break, helps employees stay awake and rejuvenated. This helps them work more productively and make better decisions over all. Provide an area separate from where your employees take their lunch in which they can go and lay down for 30 minutes in a dark, cool room. You will not regret how thankful they are that you genuinely care about them and what that invest, in the end, does for the bottom line of your company.
Working is something most view as something that just has to get done. How much better would that duty be and feel if the employee felt that they were appreciated as much as they are needed?