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How to improve employee satisfaction

By HappyOrNot

Taking steps towards improving employee satisfaction and job happiness doesn’t have to be a complicated, arduous endeavour. In this post, we’ll share with you some key points which we’re sure will spark your interest and get you thinking about why it’s important your business to listen to and engage with your employees.

What’s the secret ingredient of a successful business?

We know that without its customers, a business can’t be profitable. But that’s only part of the recipe for success. What really sets a successful business apart from its competitors is the foundation upon which it’s built – its employees (read: happy and satisfied employees). When you have a strong, well made foundation for your company, you can easily support layers of growing customers, and the profit will be your icing on the cake.

So how do you build that strong foundation for  your company with your employees? It starts with recognizing that without motivated and engaged employees who stand behind the company’s mission and work together to achieve the goals, there really isn’t anything to build upon.

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Having an engaged, happy workforce isn’t something that can be forced, bought, or expected. It takes dedication and focus on the company to create an environment where it can grow and evolve with the company as it grows and evolves.

The [job satisfaction] times are changing

It’s becoming evermore evident that keeping and attracting talent in a company is no longer limited to salary and benefits. The workforce is simultaneously becoming younger, older, and more diverse, giving way to different kinds of needs and expectations, and so being able to form a connection and engage with employees in ways which motivates and enhances work life well-being and job satisfaction – every day – is both a challenge and becoming the new and expected norm.

As Gregory P. Smith, leadership speaker and bestselling author, believes, like many others in the field, it is the leader’s responsibility to create a high level of job satisfaction for its workers. His 5 step process called PRIDE (source) ,shows supervisors and managers how to build a more productive work environment.

Provide a positive working environment
Reward and recognition
Involve and increase employee engagement
Develop the skills and potential of your workforce
Evaluate and measure job satisfaction

Therein lies the challenge – how do you know whether your employees are satisfied? And how do you engage them in their work-life to find out?

Listen, learn, and make it last

We love this 5 step PRIDE process, and want to share with you how to establish Involve and Evaluate. Our answers may seem simple, but this process takes commitment, and companies who dedicate themselves to improving employee engagement and satisfaction earn great benefits.  

The first step is the process: just ASK.

Ask how they feel about various aspects of their work, every day
See how fluctuations in workplace atmosphere and attitudes impact your business
Know when and where issues arise, and discuss improvement needs with your employees

The second step is the method: make it a constant

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Having a yearly snapshot of employee and job satisfaction just isn’t enough. Shifts in workplace atmosphere and attitudes are so rapid, that what happened last week can be superseded by what happens tomorrow. Issues can silently pile up and become a killer for productivity, retention, and profitability.

The key is to have a continuous, agile, and even anonymous, process in place to evaluate and measure employee feedback. Turning this daily feedback into constant dialogue with your employees about current situations and working together to make improvements that will create a better workplace for all is the way to maintaining happy, loyal, and motivated workforce.

Happy employees help businesses succeed. So tell us, are your employees happy and satisfied?

To learn more about employee engagement and how your organization can improve employee satisfaction: Click here.