The top 5 things every boss must do to make their employees happy
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- Since happiness increases productivity, companies are making sure employees are happy in their jobs.
- Steve Bushnell, certified leadership coach and founder of Charles River Careers, says every boss can take five easy steps to ensure employee happiness.
- Bosses must prioritize a work-life balance, continual feedback, and fair pay.
1. First, every boss must listen to their employees.
"In leadership counseling, people are very excited about their ideas and want to move very quickly," Bushnell said. "What they don't often do is listen to the wisdom of their reports."To listen with intent, he says, bosses must deliberately make time to listen and must be present when they are engaging with their staff.
"Don't go in with pre-existing biases, and [instead] go in with an open mindset," he said. "If you walk in with a stack of your own biases, you really aren't listening."
2. Bosses must understand the importance of a work-life balance."Giving employees some flexibility to do the work in a way that suits their busy, complicated lives is important," Bushnell said. "The more you can tip the dial towards improving that balance, then they'll be more present, engaged, and available in the end. And they'll be happier."Advertisement
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3. Managers must give their employees feedback on their work.
Bushnell believes managers should be giving their employees "regular and ongoing" feedback. Whether it's positive or negative, communication is important in creating an enjoyable work environment."When I'm alone in my cube by myself all day long, it's nice when someone checks on me and sees how I'm doing," he said. "I want to know that what I'm doing is connected to the organization. I want to work with people who are interested in and care about what I'm doing."Advertisement
Bushnell also points out that feedback is best when given face-to-face. "Stop by their office, cube, or connect over Skype video and say, 'Thanks so much. I really appreciate what you did on our projects.'"
4. Great managers connect their employees' roles to the larger picture.For an employee to be happy, they have to feel like the job they're doing actually matters. If they feel like they are wasting their time, they will ultimately become uninterested in the job as a whole. Advertisement
As a leader, Bushnell said, managers should make it clear what the goals are and what they are trying to accomplish as a company. They should then explain how each role fits into that larger picture.
5. Bosses must offer fair and reasonable compensation.Though it may seem obvious, employees are most happy when they are getting paid well. If a worker feels like they are not getting paid fairly, they could feel underappreciated and taken advantage of. Advertisement
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