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7 strategies for a happier (and more loyal) team

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The maxim of ‘happy workers are more productive workers’ has long been proven by many business think tanks and universities across the world.

Specifically, research has shown that job satisfaction is a powerful predictor of productivity, motivation and satisfaction – and it works best when all parties are involved.

So how do you make your employees happier and thus more productive?

By introducing perks to the workplace!

Salary isn’t always everything (though it’s worth remembering the idiom that if you pay peanuts you get monkeys). Complement wages with incentives and perks that inspire your employees to be more productive.

Here are some perks your business should consider introducing:

Flexible working hours

When you think about the demands of life, a strict 9-5 can look pretty oppressive and that’s not great for productivity. We’re all different and we operate at our peak at different times. Some of us are naturally better with a later start while others need a little bit of extra time in the morning to drop the kids off and clean the Weet-Bix out of their hair. By offering flexibility to working hours, you can find a solution that suits both your business and your staff

Home/mobile working

Working from home is about more than flexibility, it’s about trust as well. Trusting employees to work from home (and not slack off is the misconception) is a great motivator. In fact, businesses who have introduced tele-commuting have reported increased productivity. This could be because employees are working to a more natural rhythm, or perhaps not commuting has given them more energy (or they feel more comfortable crunching numbers in their pyjamas – to each their own).

Personal development

We all have an internal desire to better ourselves and by giving your employees the opportunity to grow their skillset,you are improving the skills and experience of your workforce. Whether it is support for getting a new qualification, earning a degree, learning a language, or taking time off to volunteer for charitable organisations, your employees will appreciate your dedication to their personal development.

Monday incentives

Monday sucks for most people and it is no surprise that it’s the least productive day of the week. Liven things up by offering treats/prizes to high achievers on Monday morning. This gets the adrenaline pumping and boosts the mood in the office as everyone tries to win. Eventually, Monday could become your most productive day as employees turn up determined to be that week’s winner.

Family travel for business

Being away from the family on business can be tough, especially if you have young children (the novelty of a quiet night will wear off after a day). Consider subsidising trips of over three nights so families can travel together on business. If planned correctly, this can even be a money-saver, as serviced apartments and shopping grants are often cheaper than hotels and meals on expenses.

Familycare

Not all companies can afford comprehensive child-care programmes, but this doesn’t mean you can’t offer related incentives. A gesture like extra paid-personal days for those unavoidable days when childcare is an issue or there’s an emergency is a great example. When you show your employees you care about their family, they in turn often feel more loyal towards the company.

Encourage breaks

‘Half-day is it?’, and ‘I thought you’d fallen down the toilet, I was going to call for help’ might seem like harmless office banter, but at the root of it is a culture that frowns upon breaks – and that is culture with stagnant productivity.

Encourage employees to take regular breaks and recharge their batteries. It is more productive to have employees working at 100% for 7 hours than working at 70% for 9 hours.

Other ideas worth exploring:

  • Team events (dinner clubs, free lunches, nights out)
  • Family days
  • Up-to-date equipment and software
  • Office games (table tennis, pool, video games)
  • Days off for birthdays
  • Monthly snack days (buy in loads of healthy and not-so-healthy snacks)

The key to unlocking your employees’ hidden productivity lies in employee satisfaction. By offering perks to your workforce, you’ll create a business environment that people want to be part of, and this will shine through in their performance, and your bottom line.

About Maria Bellissimo-Magrin

Attitude isn’t everything. But it sure helps.Maria Bellissimo-Magrin certainly wouldn’t have become a CEO of a full-service creative marketing agency without it. While you’ll never hear her claiming to be a creative genius, with such a fantastic team at Belgrin backing her, it doesn’t take long for her clients to start throwing this term around. That’s the power of good marketing.She started out in the industry 15 years ago and was quickly head hunted by Saatchi & Saatchi. In that time, she’s worked in Sydney, England and Bahrain. For the last eight years she’s been at the helm of Belgrin working to combine her vision and the firm’s class to create something greater and more meaningful than its parts. She’s done so well because she offers the perfect blend of design, PR and social media. Her aim? To make marketing easy, so you can spend your time on more important stuff.Her client list certainly attests to her success at that! It includes Jones Lang LaSalle, GPT Group, Colliers, Bingo Industries, Mercedes, Audi, Fiat, Ford, the list goes on. She enjoys providing answers and delivering on these, offering a support network for a company’s creative marketing requirements, and passionate clients who want to create something special. But what she truly loves and what she does it for is that gleam in a client’s eyes that tells her she’s exceeded their wildest expectations. And yes, that twinkle might not happen every day, but with her it’s a hell of a lot more common than with anybody else out there.

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