All businesses want to grow and flourish to improve revenue and profit targets. However, this shouldn’t be done at the expense of employees happiness. Richard Branson said that if employees are showered with praise, they will flourish for the organization by increasing their productivity and maintaining a positive morale to the work that they are doing. The attitudes shaped at the management level will impact the leadership style that will further impact employees’ productivity. Positive affirmation in the workplace has never been more important, however so many businesses still fail in their efforts to keep their workplace happy. The team from Promotional Product Experts have provided an overview on the epidemic and how businesses can change their ways to make things better for their workforce.
Employees feel undervalued.
Managers can be guilty of disengaging with their employees, which makes them feel undervalued. These employees are hardworking and strive to excel past the expectations of their managers, however the recognition that they expect to receive tends to get overlooked. Employee complaints about staff ‘feeling like they don’t get paid enough for the work they do’ or ‘feeling that other employees are valued more than them’ is a common occurrence and leads to the employee feeling disgruntled with their position. Even though these employees are still performing at a high rate with their work, their frustration with feeling undervalued will motivate them to exit the business and look for work elsewhere.
Lack in employee motivation.
Unmotivated employees can negatively impact the performance of others and the organization. Their dissatisfaction in the office environment reduces motivation and can have negative consequences on their work.
Employees that feel like they aren’t being recognized for their efforts may lose motivation in their job and lower their productivity, becoming dead weight for the organization. Areas their dissatisfaction can impact include:
- Customer service – they fail to go above and beyond to provide a great customer experience.
- Poor performance – they fail to meet performance targets and build positive momentum for the business to grow.
- Office energy – Their dissatisfaction can lead to gossip and discontent among staff and towards senior management.
- Revenue – Their discontent can lead to a decline in sales for the business.
How can managers make employees feel more valued?
Employers and managers can make employees feel more valued by implementing the following actions.
Praise employees for doing the right thing.
People crave positive feedback for their work. People are there to make money, however they are motivated by the efforts and pride that goes into their work. Employees want their managers and other key stakeholders within the organization to recognize their efforts. Show encouragement with positive feedback or corporate gifts that show appreciation for their hard work.
Praise employees when they are not doing the right thing.
Rather than get upset or criticize employees in a way that is demeaning or patronise, provide constructive feedback that will help them to improve on any errors or mistakes that they have done. Empowering your employees with skills and tools to make them a better worker will add more productivity and positive energy to the organization.
Create a workplace culture that employees feel they can fit into.
Have you ever heard employees talk about how much they love their workplace? This is because they are in a culture that allows them to thrive in what they do. Like-minded people that have similar views to relationships, the organization’s mission and a commitment to the organization’s work ethic will thrive in the business’s culture.
You can implement any of these tips to increase productivity within your office space, while also making it feel more like your own space vs. just a place to work.
Give your employees rewards every once in a while.
The way that employers should reward their staff should reinforce the positive affirmation and contributions that they have made to the organization. The prize shouldn’t reflect on a monetary amount, but instead on what they value.
Positive experiences have a ripple effect for the organization. By reinforcing positive affirmation within the organization, employees will be more likely to fit into the workplace culture that will give them confidence to support them in their job roles and rewarding the business with increased productivity.