When you're a manager or executive, you have a lot on your plate. Between dealing with clients, sales, and reports, it can be difficult to balance everything. However, you have to keep one important group in mind: your employees. Yes, you might pay them and provide them with benefits, but without them, your business obviously wouldn’t exist. However, employee satisfaction often needs to address much more than a source of income. You need to show proper dedication towards your employees and be aware of their needs. Here are some ways you can focus on the happiness of your employees.
Some people wear their emotions very heavily on their faces. However, others are more subtle. They'll do everything they can to hide their true feelings. That is until they crack. If your employees seem like they're forcing a positive facade or have just given up entirely, you should be concerned. You don't have to be a psychologist, but you should gain an understanding of facial expressions and how they can tell a lot about a person.
Consider the environment
You might pride your office on feeling comfortable, but others might vehemently disagree. Or, they would if they had the energy to protest. Things like fluorescent lights might seem like office staples, but they can be absolutely devastating when it comes to morale and productivity. Instead, opt for things like natural light that will allow people to find energized and happy. You should also be mindful of proper warming conditions in your office. Just a few degrees can make all the difference when it comes to morale.
Evaluate work performance
You should be evaluating work performances in general. It doesn't have to always be extensive performance reviews. Instead, it should be paying attention to how your employees are doing. If an employee who was once a star has seemed disinterested as of late, you need to be concerned. This can be a subtle transition. It could start with them being less responsive to your employees. In some cases, it might be a fluke that they overcome. However, it can definitely be a sign of disturbing things to come.
Consider mental health
If someone falls ill from the flu or receives an incapacitating injury, they don't hesitate to take time off. When it comes to mental health issues, people tend to be much more reluctant to speak up. They might have depression or anxiety, but they instead try to suppress it, not wanting to burden you or others. If you believe an employee might be struggling with mental health issues, speak to them in private. Let them know that you aren't seeking to embarrass them. The two of you can discuss what means can be taken for treatment.
You might not know your employees are unhappy because they're afraid to tell you. It can be a bit of a hit to your pride, but you need to get valuable input from your employees. If there are things you need help with as a boss, take them to heart. You have experience with giving feedback to your employees, and it has hopefully improved their work performances. Now is your time to learn from them. Take each criticism seriously and realize they're not saying these things to hurt you but to help you understand their concerns. You want your workplace to be one that employees take absolute pride in. This starts with allowing yourself to grow as a manager.
Happiness is not necessarily a constant for everyone, especially not those in the workforce. People's emotions will range based on circumstances, both environmental and psychological. While you might not be able to magically grant happiness to your employees, you can do your part to show that you take a vested interest in them and their well-being. With this guide, you can learn how to show your concern and sympathy towards your employees.