We can prioritize the importance of keeping our employees busy more than the actual happiness. When employees are overworked, they are seldom happy. When you think about how happy your employees are with their job, it’s not just about the perks you provide them or the paycheck, but it’s about how happy they are with the work that they do. With this in mind, here are some simple tricks to keep busy employees happy as well.
Offload Their “Life Admin”
Everybody can feel the pressure of work life and home life. And there are companies out there, such as British Gas in the United Kingdom, that have assistants who help their contact center staff with little life admin duties, such as putting money into their bank, and duties such as laundry. Take a leaf out of their book and incorporate this into your workplace. If you run a business that is strict in its dress code, such as a hotel, you can make the most of a commercial laundry service instead of asking your employees to go home and wash their uniforms every night. This one little thing can take the pressure off. When you start to think about the multitude of life admin duties your employees would need to complete during their workday, they won’t feel as stressed and will be more productive.
Micromanaging is the elephant in the room when it comes to being a bad boss. Your input is always valuable, but you need to know when to stop. You need to make sure that your employees have freedom in their own tasks. Because if you don’t do this, their creativity will shut down, which makes their job feel like a chore. Instead, try to inspire your staff, but also let them pursue a project that they are passionate about. You will see the improvement in their productivity instantly.
Everyone Is Different
Sometimes we can feel that our employees are a group of people, rather than individuals. Everybody has their own attitudes and approaches to their working day, as well as their working life. One size doesn’t fit all, and while it’s easier for you you need to try the individual approaches. Incorporating an open-door policy can improve morale by forging closer working relationships, as well as helping the employees feel they have access to managers. This, in turn, has a positive impact on the overall culture of the business.
Make the Working Environment Conducive to Productivity
A busy employee might not be as busy as you think. You have to remember that productivity is not about doing many things at once. In fact, if your employees constantly rotate between different tasks, their productivity can dip by 40%. Changing your working environments by automating social media campaigns, or incorporating tools to help employees work better flexibly, can result in a far more effective environment.
Busy employees can feel overwhelmed by the sheer volume of work, and this is where you need to incorporate simple tricks to make everybody happy.