Help Your Employees Love Their Job This Valentine's Day
14 February 2017
For Valentine’s Day, we thought it would be a good idea to ask people what they love about their jobs. After all, we spend most of our week at work and – let’s be honest – we probably grumble about it a lot, too.
Yesterday, we posted our findings. Two strong themes emerged: having excellent co-workers and receiving positive feedback (specifically from customers).
It was nice to be reminded about the things that employees value most about their place of work. It turns out that a lot of people really do love their jobs.
So what have employers been doing right to create so much love?
Because, let’s face it, every manager, no matter how successful, will have had moments in their career where they will have been faced with an unhappy team. What is the solution to this?
Since most of our respondents said that their colleagues really made their working day, the impetus for employers is to hire the right ‘fit’ in the first place. If someone is going to disrupt your existing workforce – for whatever reason – you should not even think about adding them to your team.
Personality harmony within the workplace is conducive to a happy workforce. Colleagues who can chat and collaborate with each other (without completely stopping work altogether) are part of this.
In another previous article, I stated that company culture was key to not only securing staff but retaining them. This doesn’t mean that you look at your unhappy staff and impose a compulsory Thursday bowling night on them. “Let’s all be miserable outside the office, too!” is not the answer.
Being an understanding boss is equally important. For instance, if someone is five minutes late, it’s not the end of the world. Many of our respondents said they liked being given the freedom to set their own targets or work flexible hours, particularly when there was childcare to consider.
Employees also said they loved the good feeling they got when they were successful in helping a customer. These comments came from everyone including beauty salon owners to sales executives to housing officers. The cosy glow of a job well done was driving our respondents to work harder in order to achieve another promising response the next time.
How can you, as an employer, build on this? Why not politely encourage customers – in whatever form they take – to email in a thank you note? Or fill out a compliments card? It would take just minutes of their time and would really mean a lot to your staff.
It genuinely is small gestures like this that can make the difference. Forget trying to impress employees – potential or existing – with rash incentives or bonuses. Thinking about raising staff happiness levels is a long-term plan, not a quick fix.
It’s all about maintaining an ethos that makes people want to come in to work every day and really try to achieve. Like any relationship, if initial promises don’t materialise or compromises are entirely one-sided, the initial spark fizzles out.
Help your employee LOVE their job by considering two things: hiring on personality fit and encouraging positive feedback as much as possible.
Happy Valentine’s Day.
Written By Mary Palmer