Those figures matter. Every business’s greatest asset is its people. The costs of recruiting and training new employees will always be higher than keeping hold of your existing staff.
Creating an office where employees feel motivated and happy isn’t an exact science, but there are several things you can do to encourage it. Take a look at our 4 steps to an inspirational workplace.
Offer perks and benefits
A competitive salary will satisfy an employee’s basic needs, but office perks and benefits go one step further. The 2018 MetLife Employee Benefit Trends Survey found more than half (55%) of employees highly value the benefits they receive at work – an increase of 25% on the 2015 findings. They can also be the easiest things to implement.
From team nights out, to subscribing to a scheme such as Perkbox, offering your staff something other than money is a cost-effective way to make them feel valued and retain them for longer.
What’s mine is yours
A staff member who is engaged with your business is far more likely to stick around. Encourage personal investment in your business by giving your employees shares and you're guaranteed to increase loyalty and commitment.
Whether it’s a post-it note, an announcement at a team meeting on a job-well done, or a payday bonus - there are many ways to say thank-you. It’s one of the simplest yet most effective ways to recognise and value your staff.
Open plan, open mind
Open plan offices encourage employees to interact with each other face to face. They can even make people smile more - a sign of a happy workplace. The flip side is an increase in unwanted noise. Combat this by providing headphones or introducing carpets, thicker curtains and sound insulation.
Too hot, too cold, just right
Maintaining a consistent temperature (between 21-22 degrees) helps concentration and productivity. Let the fresh air and sunlight in, provide fans and heaters depending on the time of year and watch the office mood improve.
Please stand up
Sitting down for too long is bad for us and our bodies and minds know it. Get your staff on their feet and feeling better with flexible sit-stand desks and adjustable chairs. The investment will pay off in increased energy levels and reduced sickness and absenteeism.
Staff that can’t fit their life around work are more likely to leave. Flexible working policies like working from home arrangements and generous annual leave packages help your staff get a work-life balance that suits them.
Being physically active reduces stress and makes us healthier. Providing showers and changing rooms, offering free gym membership or organising sessions such as lunchtime football or after work yoga will help staff get more active during the working day.
Take a break
Providing a well-stocked kitchen and communal eating spaces will boost workplace morale. A manager who doesn’t clock-watch the lunch break will help staff feel more relaxed and will be repaid when that extra overtime is needed.
Being challenged is one of the most satisfying parts of any job. Set your employees challenges that are difficult but achievable, to give them that sense of satisfaction.
Everyone wants to feel that they are progressing in their career. Professional development is crucial to maintaining staff engagement – give regular feedback to keep staff interested and help them perform better.
Trust in me
Trust your employees to do the work you hired them to do. Don’t micromanage - you’ll disempower your staff and restrict their potential. Delegate, be on hand for support and celebrate successes - you’ll be thanked for it.
In summary - employees like to feel valued and trusted, challenged yet comfortable. Encourage that kind of workplace and you’ll bring out the best in them.
Follow the simple steps above to create the kind of office that inspires great work. Consider investing in a scheme like Perkbox to make sure employees feel happier away from their desks too – in the end, you’ll benefit from their extra happiness, wherever they find it.
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