We all want to ensure that our employees are well looked after. We want to have safe, comfortable and happy workplaces, and we know that we as their employers, can do something about it.
Which is why today we are sharing 4 ways to look after your employees, all actionable points to help you to have that thriving workplace you are striving for.
#1 Equip them to do their jobs properly
There is nothing more frustrating at work than being unable to give the best that you can give. If your employees are crippled by poor equipment, lack the basic tools to do their job or have received insufficient training, you are doing them a huge disservice.
In order to look after your team, you must give them everything that they need to be able to do their jobs to the best of their abilities. Train them effectively and get them the right equipment. This will mean that your business will be functioning more productively and your team morale will be high.
#2 Reward and recognize good performance
Everyone likes to feel valued and appreciated.
You will want to ensure that you are offering your employees fair salaries and benefits, that bonus structures are in a place where possible and that you take the time to look for and reward good performance.
Sometimes all it can take is to say ‘thank you’ for a job well done, so take the time to do this, make the effort.
#3 Prioritize their health and safety
Your employees need to feel safe at work and should be working in comfortable conditions. No matter what your industry is, you need to take the time to carry out risk assessments for every aspect of their roles and implement any actions required as a result of them.
It is worth ensuring that you have a health and safety representative who could carry out some of these assessments or at least pick up the actions resulting from them. They will also be the point of call in the office for any employees needing to raise concerns.
Ensure that all basic needs are met and then do whatever you can to make work more comfortable for everyone. People are likely to be more productive in a safe and comfortable environment.
#4 Give them breaks and time off
It can be so easy to want our best people around us all of the time. We know how good they are and they make a real difference to the business when they are involved in projects. However, there is a real danger that they will burn out if they are pushed too hard.
Ideally, you will want to prevent this from happening by working out fair and reasonable working patterns and time off. Do then look for low moods, tiredness, less interest in their work, and if you spot these signs, they really need to take a break.
Everybody appreciates time with friends and family away from the workplace, however much they might enjoy their jobs. And if you have a workaholic on your hands, force them to slow down and get some rest from time to time.
What are you doing to look after your employees?