When a rockstar employee quits, it can feel as though you’ve lost a vital organ. How is your body still going to function successfully? But you know what’s worse? When an employee decides to ‘quit,’ but they don’t actually leave the company. When employees are mentally checked out, it’s not going to do your organization any favors. In fact, it can cause your daily operations to slowly erode. I’m talking decreased productivity levels, careless mistakes, and reduced revenue.
Employee satisfaction directly impacts the morale of the organization as a whole, and when your staff becomes unhappy or apathetic, public perception of your brand will suffer as a result. Companies think there’s a correlation between satisfaction levels and compensation, but a salary bump or added benefit will only raise employee contentment temporarily.
Instead, there are smart, inexpensive adjustments you can make that’ll drive company revenue, minimize turnover, boost employee morale, and have a positive long-term impact on productivity. Need some tangible stats to prove how influential satisfaction levels can be? According to Forbes, “one study found that happy employees are up to 20% more productive than unhappy employees. When it comes to salespeople, happiness has an even greater impact, raising sales by 37%.”
So, what contributes to employee satisfaction? In a survey conducted by LinkedIn, researchers found that 74% of candidates are looking for a sense of purpose in their work. Additionally, flexibility, greater autonomy, acknowledgment for one’s work, healthy relationships with superiors, and a sense of community among colleagues are some of the leading elements driving job satisfaction.
Investing in the happiness of your employees will foster a healthier, more attractive workplace culture and help your organization grow at a faster rate. Since there are plenty of easy-to-implement strategies out there – and did we forget to mention, most don’t require a check - why wouldn’t you begin exploring ways to boost your employees’ job satisfaction?
Training and Career Development
In today’s modern workplace, professional development is a large contributing factor for attracting and retaining talent. Workers are looking to align themselves with an organization that is invested in their career growth and has training programs in place to help them expand their skill sets. Many employers will offer education reimbursement for employees who want to earn additional certifications or broaden their expertise.
Not only will establishing a robust employee development program communicate that your company places value in the long-term success of your team, but it’ll also have a tremendous impact on the growth of your business as workers broaden their skills. Creativity and innovation begin with giving employees the resources necessary to grow.
Create a Collaborative Environment
The workplace is more than just our ‘second home;’ it’s where we spend the majority of our lives. Helping your staff forge genuine connections and create healthy employee friendships is a vital part of an individual’s job satisfaction. This is an area you can really exercise some creativity and have fun with. Whether it’s a foosball table in a common room where employees can engage with each other during lunch, or hosting team lunches once a month where everyone can enjoy a meal together, there’s no shortage of ideas when it comes to helping your staff build relationships.
Creating an attractive, collaborative culture should be done both inside and outside of the office. By planning a company outing to a sporting event or happy hour, employees won’t feel shackled by the professional nature of being in the workplace. They’ll be in an open environment where authentic bonds can be formed with one another – and they will create great memories while doing so.
Give Continual Feedback & Recognition
Gallup analyzed data from over 4 million employees across various industries and countries and found that those who regularly receive recognition have increased productivity levels, are more likely to stay with their employer, exhibit higher engagement, are given strong satisfaction and loyalty scores from clients, and experience fewer accidents in the workplace.
Through acknowledgment and praise, you’re allowing your employees to feel a sense of accomplishment, motivating them to work harder, achieve more, and earn recognition for future successes once again. Always strive to explain to employees why the work they’ve done matters and how it contributes to the overall goals of the company. Cluing your employees in on how they’re contributing to the long-term objectives of the organization will help them feel like they’re a part of the bigger picture.
Survey Your Staff
If you want to get authentic, unbiased feedback, you should incorporate satisfaction surveys into your strategy and conduct them regularly. Employees feel safe when they can share their thoughts anonymously and it’ll allow you to collect information on where the company may need to make improvements. Whether you choose to use SurveyMonkey or another tool, sending out these surveys will communicate to your staff that you value their input and are open to finding solutions to their concerns.
Focus on Wellness Programs
If your employees feel burnt out or mentally drained, their productivity and satisfaction levels will both nosedive. They need ample time to recharge. It’s important to let your employees know that their physical and mental well-being are a top priority to the company. From offering flexible hours to reduce stress to enforcing a culture that encourages participating in physical activities – whether that’s hosted by the company or providing local classes they can sign up for – create a space for employees to thrive, rather than have their health suffer.
Taking the time to measure employee job satisfaction, and implementing the necessary programs to help boost those numbers, will have a direct impact on performance, productivity, and retention rates. The research is undeniable. According to Dale Carnegie, for example, companies with engaged employees outperform those sporting low engagement numbers by 202%. Additionally, a ReportLinker study found that 83% of workers who are presented with opportunities to expand their skills and take on new challenges are much more likely to stay with their employer. To ensure you establish a great culture and continue to grow as an organization, start exploring these strategies to begin boosting job satisfaction and employee wellness.