Winning Over Employees

The job market is now extremely competitive for not just job seekers, but employers as well. Unlike in the era of the Baby Boomers, employees now frequently change jobs as a norm and employers are under pressure to keep in mind the well being of their work force.

The number one concern for employees tends to be salary, but in this day and age it is definitely not the only concern. Employees now place equal importance on being provided with a positive, collaborative, and nurturing environment to maintain motivation.

There are a number of different factors that contribute towards fostering a healthy work environment for a work force:

Communication
Workplace communication not only contributes towards improving employee productivity by ensuring that they understand their position and responsibilities completely, but also contributes towards increasing employee job satisfaction. A workplace needs to function by attributing equal importance to both upward communication and downward communication so that employees feel that they are being kept in the loop, and at the same time that their opinions and feedback matter to the business; it’s key to ensuring that an employee feels valued.

Growth opportunities

According to the book, MAGIC: Five Keys to Unlock the Power of Employee Engagement, by Paul Warner and Tracy Maylett, growth at a workplace is essential to keep alive employee engagement, and employee engagement is the key to a thriving and effective business. If employees feel that they are in a dead end role with no possibilities of progress or advancement, it is easy for complacency to take over and to become disengaged with their role within the business.

Training and support

Hand in hand with growth opportunities, training is key to employees looking to expand their role or even moving to a new one. it provides a means of honing their present skills, and also acquiring new skills that can benefit the business. This constant learning process also allows employees to remain attentive, sharp and eager to excel. This definitely is a win-win solution which makes employees happy and benefits the business in the long run.

Flexible working

Flexible working is not just restricted to allowing employees to work from home, but can be different to suit each individual employee to encourage the best out of everywhere; one individual might perform their best sitting at a desk at work, whilst another can be optimum concentrating in the buzz of a busy cafe. Benefits like working during commuting hours not only results in more productive employees, but a more reactive workforce as well.

Generous holiday allowance

According to research reported by the Independent, UK employees valued holiday allowances as one of the most attractive benefit in a role. Holiday time off not only allows employees to relax, recharge themselves, but also ensures that they return to work with extra vigour at their disposal. Frequent breaks from work also ensure that employees don’t feel burnt out or stuck in a rut, encouraging them to consider other roles.

Not just independent businesses, but the Government is also taking notice to ensure the mental and emotional wellbeing of employees. Having made good progress through Parliament and under discussion at the moment is the Parental Bereavement (Leave and Pay) Bill. It will legally require all employers to grant a period of a minimum of two weeks of Parental Bereavement Leave, with pay (if eligible) at the statutory flat rate funded by the Government.

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