5 Tips To Help Increase Satisfaction In The Workplace

Tips For Improving Job Satisfaction

In the current economic atmosphere, you may be wondering if you'll have a job next week. Add to that the normal daily pressures of work and you're likely to be in a bit of a slump. You and your colleagues may be unmotivated and unproductive, but there are things you can do to help increase satisfaction in your workplace and see everyone's productivity soar. Follow these tips!

1Get To Know Your Colleagues

Perhaps, you don't know your coworkers. Do you know them on a personal level or just as professionals? When you make an effort to learn more about them, you may discover what motivates them, and it also makes them feel valued. Recognize your colleague's birthdays; a birthday cake always lightens the mood! Your office will be glad that you care enough about them to recognize their special day.

Ask about your colleagues' personal lives. Are they married, and do they have children? What are their hobbies? These types of questions let you know about them as individuals. If you don't remember things well, make notes, and keep it in a file.

2Recognize Their Accomplishments

You might be surprised how a coworker is motivated when they know their team acknowledges and rewards the work they've done. Create an appreciation program. Choose someone as Employee of the Month, and hang their photo in the lounge until the next is chosen. Write them a personal thank you note if they've done something particularly impressive. You may also include a gift certificate or send something in recognition of their hard work.

3Take Them Out To Lunch

You don't have to leave the office if time is short. Instead, order pizza or have lunch catered every so often. They'll be able to relax and enjoy their work environment more when given a chance to socialize.

4Give Them A Voice

Create a satisfaction survey; these may even be done anonymously. Be sure to address any perceived problems quickly and thoroughly for the best results. Hold staff meetings regularly, as this will allow staff to learn about the company's status as well as voice any questions they may have. Ask for feedback if changes have to be made.

Ask others what type of training they may need to do their job better. By offering continuing training, you'll prove that your team is valuable to you. You'll do your business an excellent service by having top-notch, highly trained workers.

5Offer Financial Rewards

Everyone likes to get a little extra in his or her paycheck from time to time. Perhaps, there's a way to incorporate a performance bonus to boost morale. Talk with the employees and get their ideas. Seriously consider putting a rewards program into place. You may be surprised at what they come up with, and it might not be as expensive as you imagined!

When morale and productivity begin to wane, it's essential to let your employees know you value them. Sure, they get paid for the work they do every week, but sometimes they need a little pick-me-up. Rewards don't have to be elaborate or expensive. A little bit of recognition can go a long way to improving the atmosphere in your workplace.

Give your retirees the respect they deserve. Use these ways of boosting morale in the workplace. Before you know it, your employees will have smiles on their faces and motivation on their mind!

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Jackie Wing

Jackie Wing is an Alaska native, who enjoys snowboarding more than is probably socially acceptable. She lives in Anchorage with her two dogs Reese and Peanut, or as she likes to call them "Thing 1" and "Thing 2."