If you are a small business, then employing, and keeping staff is vital to the success of your business, and it is even more so if you are a larger enterprise. Large staff turnover can cost your business thousands, that’s why it is so important that management focus on creating a happier work environment.
There is an abundance of research that proves a happy and friendly workplace significantly increases productivity, vastly improves results and reduces staff turnover. In fact, many Australians will stay in a job they are happy in, even if they are offered more money to go elsewhere.
So how can you create a happy and inviting environment for your staff?
Hire the Right People
When employing staff, make sure you hire people that are likely to fit your company’s culture and will fit with your existing staff. Skills are certainly important, however, a team that works well together will also be extremely beneficial and will improve your bottom line.
Good management is pivotal to any business, and you need to employ people who know how to manage people – and by manage we mean work with, nurture and help grow your staff. Your staff need to feel as though they can trust and rely on their management and feel safe in their environment.
Flexible working hours are now the norm for many businesses – and it is a great negotiating tool when employing staff. Maybe you can offer part-time employment, flexible hours or even the possibility of working remotely from home. By offering flexible working conditions that is favourable to your employees, they are more likely want to keep their job, and work harder. Resulting in happy staff and greater productivity.
Encourage your Staff
This is an obvious one, but one that is often overlooked by management. Everyone has an ego, no matter how big or small, people like to be given encouragement. Whether it be a pat on the back for a job well done, or by having confidence in them to get a job done. Either way, trust your staff and let them know they are valued in your organisation.
These are just some of the ways that you can create a happy environment in your workplace and increase productivity, and significantly reduce staff turnover. Not only will your staff enjoy coming to work, but also so will you.
We’re proud to say, that at Media Sound our team of copywriters, voice artists and audio technicians work in an environment where they feel safe and secure in the positions, and we have a relatively small staff turnover.