5 Staffing Tips for a Small Company

How to Improve Work Satisfaction

1. Try to have realistic expectations

According to the findings from our survey, only about 26% of employees are positive that they can sustain a healthy work/life balance. It is your responsibility as a leader to establish an environment where employees can work comfortably without feeling overworked or overwhelmed. You need to be mindful about how tasks are assigned regardless of how ambitious your team and workplace objectives are. 

So, how do we achieve this? Frequently check in on your employees and find out how they feel about their work/life balance. Consider tracking their Wellness and Work-life Balance levels. If you find that these metrics are low, you need to investigate the existing issues and involve the entire team in trying to find the most viable solutions. 

2. Recognize good performance

Our Recognition Hub serves as a useful tool when looking to brainstorm various ways to authentically recognize employees for the good work they do. It is important for your employees to feel seen and appreciated. However, this can be harder to achieve given the physical distance created when remote working. Regardless, managers need to take the time to acknowledge even the smallest wins and offer positive feedback. 

According to our research, 63% of employees feel that their input isn’t appreciated enough. As a leader, this statistic creates a great opportunity for you to take action and make your employees feel that their work is appreciated. 

How we achieve this: Create a Slack channel specially designed to give public team and individual praise. Be clear on what is being celebrated – from the task, the project to the impact the employee has made. 

3. Focus on the long term

When your team has a clear understanding of the long-term vision and strategy of the company, they will be more motivated and have a higher job satisfaction level. Your employees will be able to better connect with your goals and determine how best they can contribute towards achieving them in the long run. 

How we achieve this: Demonstrate to your team members that their input is valued by requesting them to provide feedback on the strategy for the upcoming months. Seek to find out what they agree with, what they feel needs to be changed, and what needs to be added. This will help them to feel like an important and integral part of the team. 

4. Establish good communication

To build on relationships and ensure the effective sharing of crucial work information, constant communication is vital. 

Nurturing a culture committed to open and honest communication means leading by example. You need to openly communicate your thoughts and feelings to others for them to feel safe and comfortable to express theirs. You also need to be transparent in regard to any important information you have. 

How to achieve this: Regularly discuss issues with your team on both a personal and professional level. Our team holds check-ins on Mondays to find out how everyone’s weekend was and help us stay connected and also has weekly “Team Updates” to help everyone current on important news and business objectives. 

5. Prioritise employee well-being

One of the best ways to boost employee job satisfaction is to show them that you genuinely care and mind about their well-being. There are many ways to go about this, from allowing the employees to disconnect when they start feeling signs of burnout to encouraging them to achieve fitness milestones. 

How we achieve it: Encouraging your employees to regularly check in on one another and take some time in your one-on-ones to talk on a human and personal level before getting into any work discussions. In order to achieve higher levels of job satisfaction, you first need to have healthy and happy employees. Speak to Clarity Clinic Therapists for advice on helping your staff feel happy and stress free.

6. Constantly provide opportunities for learning

When your employees are no longer learning they will start looking for other things to stimulate themselves. A good way to let your employees to hone in on their skills is to have them attend webinars and conferences, or encouraging them to teach and challenge one another through Lunch and Learns. Encourage a curious and always-ready-to-learn mindset, said Lisa from Assignment Geek and paper writing service.

How we achieve this: Arrange for sessions with your employees where you discuss their development goals and what they are interested in. Provide them with useful information regarding the educational materials and job training available for them to develop their skills. 

7. Frequently provide feedback

Employees are usually hungry for any kind of feedback on their performance and recommendations on ways they can improve their efficiency and work smarter. They will greatly appreciate the time you take to give your feedback. But you need to ensure that your feedback is properly phrased and well-received. To do this, consider taking a gander at our Manager Toolbox – it is filled with templates and frameworks for giving better feedback. 

How we achieve this: Feedback remains a key part of our culture and product. With our 5 best practices, you will be able to provide more constructive and healthy feedback to your employees.

Christophe Rude
Christophe Rude
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