A happy workplace does wonders for not only your employees but also your own feelings of belonging, accomplishment, and fulfillment in a professional role.

Luckily, a happy employee is also a more productive, loyal, and efficient one, so not only will focusing on nurturing your staff members be an ethically good idea, but it is also a good business one.

With this in mind, here is a concise guide to improving employees’ engagement and satisfaction.

Learn How to Be a Better Leader

It would be incredibly difficult, nigh on impossible, to expect the very best from your employees if you are not doing just about everything you can to be the best manager and leader you can be.

This is why the first and, indeed, perhaps the most important and crucial piece of advice is to engage in additional training and enroll on professional courses for learning Scaled Agile, which will further not only your knowledge surrounding management practise, but also your experience too.

Implement an Employee Benefits Package

Even though you may have the most dedicated and loyal employees, some of whom have worked for you and your company for over a decade, there is no harm and an incredible amount of benefit to introducing a benefits package.

Benefits packages vary dramatically from one company to another, with the following suggestions involving the most popular, regardless of the industry in which a business is based:

  • 4 Day Working Week Programs
  • Paid Extra Holiday Days & Sabbaticals
  • Paid Time Off for Volunteering Duties
  • Summer Fridays
  • Remote Working Programs

Recognize & Reward Individual Achievements

If you think about it fully logically, why would any of your employees go above and beyond their normal tasks and responsibilities at work if they are never recognized, rewarded, or even thanked for their extra work.

One of the best ways to engage your employees is also one that requires zero expenditure and only takes a few seconds and that is to publicly, genuinely and verbally thank them for a particular job well done.

Make One-to-One Meetings Mean Something

Everyone who has ever been an employee and positioned in a traditional working hierarchy can attest to the fact that, in the vast majority of workplaces, one-to-one meetings are basically just an exercise in ticking the box and never hold any true value.

Be the change your employees are striving for, and from now on, make every annual or twice-annual one-to-one meeting a constructive use of both your and your employee’s time. There are numerous ways to ensure such time spent with an individual member of your team is productive, such as making sure that not one such meeting is ever skipped and regulated to the bottom of the list of priorities and arriving for the meeting prepared and with something to say.

Other excellent ways of improving one-to-ones include reviewing employee data, looking to feedback on one-to-ones from previous years and truly understanding each individual’s professional priorities and goals moving forward.

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