What do your employees actually want from their employer? I’m so glad you asked! And no it’s not pizza or donuts or a Yeti tumbler with the company logo. Those are nice but so far down the totem pole when it comes to keeping your employees happy. There must have been something in the air yesterday. I was sent an email regarding tips for employee happiness and also came across some Instagram posts that got me thinking.
The Disconnect Between The Boardroom and The Breakroom
Take one more moment and read that again. The more I think about it, the more true I find it. The disconnect between employees and employers. I don’t doubt that many employers are not intentionally making their employees feel undervalued and unimportant. But that doesn’t mean that those employees don’t feel that way. Nor does it invalidate their feelings. You don’t need negative intent to make people feel bad. I’ve worked for some incredible bosses in my life who honestly made me want to run through a brick wall do to anything and everything help them. And I’ve worked for some not-so-great ones as well. I’ve also worked for some who I thought were incredible but eventually the “act” ended and the truth was revealed. But that’s not what I’m here to talk about. Instead, I’m here to help. To spell out the problem and offer ideas as to how to overcome it.
This brings me to an email that included research shared with me by our friends at Deputy and Voice Nation. According to data 1 in 6 Americans reported that they would be happier with their job if they had a different manager. For anyone who runs a business, there is no question that the goal is for it to be successful and profitable. And the best (and in my opinion ONLY) way to achieve this is through happy and productive employees. When employees feel valued you have less turnover and they are willing to work harder for you. It’s the people on the bottom that keep businesses afloat- Amazon couldn’t function without delivery drivers and warehouse workers. But I bet it would survive without Jeff Bezos.
So I promised you ways to keep your employees happy, engaged, and productive. Here you go: