According to new research, just over half of the UK working population are not completely happy at work. There are two ways to look at this, one of them being from the point of view of hiring companies actively looking to attract new staff, and the other view point of businesses trying to improve their staff retention.
While 92% of professional workers believe that it is important to love what you do for a living, this does show that business owners need to work hard to create a working environment that their staff will love.
Let’s take a look at some top tips for helping to improve the workplace so that your staff will feel more happy in their work.
Equal and fair pay rates
Nearly 40% of professional workers feel dissatisfied with their work because they feel undervalued in the workplace. Many believe they are not being paid enough, or think their salary is out of line with others doing the same sort of work in other departments.
While it can be uncomfortable to discuss salaries with your employees, it is only fair to offer them the industry average wage and set salary brackets for different levels of responsibility within your company.
Having annual salary reviews should be essential, so if you don’t offer these and ensure that staff pay increases are kept up to match inflation, you may find your experienced staff looking elsewhere for work for better pay. A good employer will always look to reward their staff for their hard work and dedication to the company. Getting some recognition for their efforts will also make staff feel valued in the workplace and encourage them to stay loyal.
Offer good progression opportunities
While many workers can be happy and settled at work doing the same job with the same responsibilities, nearly one-third of employees are unhappy at the lack of progression on offer in their career within the company.
Most employers want their staff to grow alongside their company as it expands and evolves. Planning new management infrastructures and creating new job openings with extra responsibilities is extremely important. However, rather than filling those new roles with outsiders, a wise employer should look inwards to help their own talented staff members to flourish. This way you can keep your workplace motivated and vibrant. Keeping your talented members of staff engaged and allowing them more career progression will also prevent your more experienced workforce from jumping ship.
Employers should take some time to map out career progression paths for their roles and work with their staff to keep them working forward towards achieving set goals. This helps to keep them motivated to develop their roles further. This can be achieved through offering in-house or external skills training and recognising achievements and awards earned by their staff.
Investing in staff training can really help to keep your employees motivated and engaged with their work. Offering career progression is especially important with millennials as 40% of them expect to have some sort of promotion at least every two years within the same company.
Foster a Positive Company Culture
People spend a vast percent of their waking hours at work. 30% of workers are unhappy in the workplace due to there being a poor working environment. Many factors go into this including long and inflexible working hours, overly strict rules to abide by, and a lack of breathing space away from the office where workers can take a break to socialise with their colleagues.
Having strictly timed toilet breaks, only being able to eat or drink at your desk and a lack of social activities being offered by the company can reflect badly on your company values. While there is a need for some structure in the workplace, overdoing harsh rules and regulations can lead to unhappiness and a quick turnover of staff.
Creating a good company culture that is relaxed, friendly and welcoming can contribute greatly to employee well-being. Offering perks such as free refreshments and treats can make going to work every day a lot more tolerable. Setting up fun activities such as quizzes, sports groups or regular social events can also make employees feel more a part of the company family.
Getting line managers and bosses involved in activities alongside their staff will also encourage a good company culture and will help to soften or break down barriers between staff and management.
Offer good communication
A good employer will treat their staff fairly and keep lines of communication open. Staff in return will feel like their voice is being heard and will value having a two-way street where they feel comfortable approaching their boss or line manager. Management should in turn ask for, and listen to, feedback from their staff and address areas where staff report feeling particularly unhappy.
Working with your staff is extremely important. This way you will be able to build a thriving and positive workplace that will help keep staff happy and will help with your employee retention numbers.