By Keri Lunt Stevens
While money doesn’t buy happiness, it certainly helps. But before you think all that your employees want is more money, think again. Beyond perks, employees need a sense of purpose and belonging if they’re going to commit to your company. If you’re looking for long-lasting ways to get your employees engaged, consider implementing these ideas into your company’s culture.
Employee distrust runs rampant in the U.S. workforce. In fact, a 2014 study by the American Psychological Association found that almost 25 percent of employees say they don’t trust their employer and only 50 percent surveyed believe their employer is transparent. That lack of trust plays a part in an employee’s well-being and ultimately their job performance. About 27 percent of those surveyed said they intend to seek new employment within the year.
To increase job satisfaction, build trust and retain talent, be truthful with your employees about the state of the company. Keep them in the loop about company goals and planned or unexpected company changes. Doing so will cost you almost nothing, but it will require an ongoing dialogue between management and staff. Consider holding regular info sessions including big-picture company plans as well as break-out sessions on department direction.
Ask for Their Input
Including anything from company benefits and goals to workplace snacks and satisfaction, employers should ask employees for their input. Doing so gives employers a true look at the state of the company from their workers’ eyes. Employers will reap business benefits today and tomorrow if they partner with employees to improve satisfaction levels, Business News Daily says.
Asking for an employee’s input doesn’t have to be formal. It could be a one-on-one conversation in the break room or over a drink after work. If you want something more extensive, distributing a company-wide employee satisfaction survey could help you gather overarching information and spot trends.
Help Them Be Healthier
Stress, fatigue, diabetes, chronic pain, obesity, heart disease and stroke, and tobacco use are all major contributors to workplace illness, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Businesses are spending billions of dollars annually to remedy these health conditions and the sad part is most of them are preventable.
To help your employees be healthier, consider starting a workplace health program customized to your company culture. For example, activities could include healthy education and coaching classes, weight management programs, medical screenings or fitness programs. If you want to also strengthen employee relationships, consider including a membership to a gym known for its group classes in your company benefits. Then before or after work — or occasionally even during work hours — department teams can participate in a zumba workout or cycling class together. Doing so will not only build better rapport among co-workers, but it will also improve their health and state of mind. The benefits of implementing this are twofold: employees are healthier and happier, and healthy employees help lower the cost of healthcare.