Happy Employees are Important for Every Business
Managing a company effectively is a tricky thing. Barring the administrative, legal, and financial tasks that every business has to deal with, employers must also deal with one of the hardest resources of all to manage, their employees. When you get to the base level of any business, employees are one of the most important and costly resources that a business invests in. Without employees, the vast majority of businesses would be unable to perform their duties and, eventually, would go bankrupt. With this in mind, most employers realize that it is in their best interest to hire not only effective, competent employees, but to also try their best to make sure that their employees stay with the company for as long as possible. Here at DataStar, we help employers retain their employees by giving them the tools and resources they need to effectively gauge the happiness of their employees. While employee engagement surveys are a great way to keep an eye on the “pulse” of the employees, we also realize that these surveys are typically given out on an annually or bi-annually basis. With such a long time period between surveys, how is an employer supposed to know how their employees are doing the rest of the year? Luckily, dear reader, we are going to answer that question in today’s post. Continue reading below to learn more.
Pay Attention to These Signs
While your employees may say they are happy when asked, how can you know for sure if they are telling the truth? An unfortunate aspect of corporate culture is the fact that employees are not always truthful with their employers. So, with this in mind, how can an employer make sure that morale is high and everyone is as happy as possible? Below, we have listed a few signs that can indicate if your employees are happy.
- Smiles: While this sign might seem blatantly obvious, you’d be surprised at how effective a gauge it is of employee happiness. If, as an employer, you can look around your office or place of business and see people genuinely smiling, chances are that they are happy in their jobs. It is important to note, however, that when we say “genuinely smiling” we mean exactly that. When you’re talking to your employees, pay attention to their smiles. Do their smiles reflect actual happiness? Do their smiles include their eyes? Do they smile when they don’t know you are observing them? All of these questions need to be considered when trying to determine if your employees are expressing genuine happiness.
- Showing up Early/Staying Late: We feel like it is safe to say that the vast majority of people have had a job that they did not like or even outright hated. When a person is in a position with a company that they do not enjoy, apathy begins to develop. They are much less likely to care about clocking in on time or stay a little later to finish a project or assignment. A happy employee, on the other hand, is much more likely to show up early to the office to get a head start on the day and are also more likely to stay later in order to finish an assignment. If you notice that the majority of your employees are more flexible with their work schedules (in a good way) this is probably a good indication that your business is full of happy people.
- Event Participation: People who are happy at their jobs are much more likely to come to non-mandatory, after-hours work events than people who are unhappy in their place of employment. People who come to these events, engage with other coworkers, and have a good time are generally reflecting the fact that they are happy with their job and enjoy their place of employment.
Join us again next time as we continue to cover some of the ways that employers can better gauge whether or not their employees are happy. If you would like a more in-depth approach to gauging the happiness of your employees, visit our website today to learn more about our employee engagement survey services. We will work with you to develop and employee engagement survey that will accurately reflect that culture of your office and provide the information needed to determine better ways to increase worker morale. Contact us today and let’s get started.