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How to have happier and more productive employees?

Recognition is a great incentive to motivate your employees.

Your employees have needs that you may not know about.

Nothing demotivates an employee more than getting stuck in a monotonous routine.

How happy are your employees? You probably don’t know the answer because, although you might think they are satisfied where they are, it is more likely that you have seldom stopped to seriously question it. The reason? The general thinking of many companies is productivity above all things and the emotional well-being of employees is something that is not even paid attention to, since it is believed that it has no relation to the job performance. This belief, however, is completely wrong, as having unmotivated employees will directly impact everything they do. Of course, happiness does not depend entirely on a company, but you can help a lot to affect it, both positively and negatively. So here we will show you how you can have happier employees.

Several studies support the aforementioned. The Saïd Business School at the University of Oxford found that the happiest employees were 13% more productive. They analyzed the behavior of 1800 British Telecom call center employees for six months. The workers were asked to express their happiness level weekly with an emoji and this was compared to the company’s methods of measuring productivity. The result was very clear. Another study, carried out by the Mexican consulting firm Sustainable growth, found that happier workers had more energy and were more dynamic. His research, carried out on 1,500 Mexican professionals, revealed that there was specifically 33% greater dynamism and energy, which translated into better production.

The importance of listening

Your employees have needs that you may not know about. They are there, complying with what is asked of them, but deep down they hide concerns that get bigger every day. Makes polls or weekly questions, where you evaluate how they have felt. Make them see that they are heard and show that you care.

 

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Support their growth

Nothing demotivates an employee more than getting stuck in a monotonous routine. They have dreams and aspirations and leaving them always in the same position will cause them to perform poorly or end up looking for other opportunities, where they can improve professionally.

Recognize achievements

Recognition is a great incentive to motivate your employees. And you don’t necessarily have to repay them with money, as sometimes a few words of congratulations are enough to boost their spirits and know that their effort is worth it.

Respect their time

Thanks to the facilities that the internet gives us, it is very easy to be connected all the time, however, this lends itself to many abuses by companies. You have to be aware that your employees’ time does not belong to you 24 hours a day. Be respectful outside of work hours.

Understand the needs

The development of your employees does not imply an absolute and total surrender, they also have a life outside the company. The empathy plays a very important role in understanding that they are human beings with family and friends, to whom they must also dedicate time.