How important to you is a productive workday in your business? Nobody can deny that a successful business can be traced back to hardworking and productive employees. It’s also true that nobody can deny that people feel more inclined to work harder when they feel valued and happy. Here we discuss several ways for encouraging productivity by making employees happier and improving their health.
1. Improve Your Healthcare Packages
When was the last time you reviewed health insurance plans for your teams?
Employees’ health care quality within your business depends directly on you. Nobody is going to stay with a company in any sector if the healthcare benefits are lackluster or poor.
Individuals who feel like their healthcare plan is fair will feel that you truly care about them. Make employees happier by improving their health care. In turn, this will help to ensure the success of your business.
“A group of people get together and exist as an institution we call a company,” said the late David Packard, co-founder of Hewlett-Packard. He continued, “They are able to accomplish something collectively that they could not accomplish separately. They make a contribution to society, a phrase which sounds trite but is fundamental.”
No one knows what would make your company’s employees happier than themselves. Therefore, it stands to reason that you should ask them what would help them do their jobs better.
When you personally ask individuals what they need from you, they will feel more valued. This approach likely sounds rather obvious. However, there’s no denying that making your employees happier will lead to more productive workdays.
To press this point a little further, read Obvious Adams: The Story of a Successful Businessman. This little classic will reveal to you more benefits of taking the direct and obvious approach in life and business.
3. Practice Mindfulness
Mindfulness is the art of practicing nonjudgmental awareness of the present moment. Stress reduction is one of the most valuable skills workers can have, and mindfulness training can provide them with that.
Other health benefits include:
- The prevention of cartilage and joint erosion
- Spine protection
- Streamlined blood circulation
- Lower blood pressure
- An increase in the body’s serotonin level, which lowers depression
- Improvement of the immune system
- Lower levels of anxiety
- More clarity and less “mental fog”
- Increased focus
- Peace of mind
“Employees who believe that management is concerned about them as a whole person—not just an employee—are more productive, more satisfied, more fulfilled. Satisfied employees mean satisfied customers, which leads to profitability.” —Anne M. Mulcahy, former CEO and chairperson of Xerox
Interact with all the departments in your company. For example, you could show up in the company break room at noon with a lunch surprise. Or, plan a special event party.
Such actions on your part will help employees to realize their importance and position within your business. These social gatherings will also develop deeper relationships among your workers, as well as with you, on a more personal level.
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No one can argue that businesses that work to keep employees happier operate more smoothly. Motivated employees simply make for better companies.
Most employees do appreciate a well deserved pay raise from time to time. However, there are plenty of other ways to keep employees happier, as we have just discussed.
Use your creative thinking skills to find other solutions. You’re bound to think of a few. That’s because no one knows your employees better than you do.