The “winter blues” seem to be in full swing, and apparently it has some professionals giving their current employers the cold shoulder. For example, during the week of February 1, 2015 there was a 45 percent jump of job searches by professionals in the Philadelphia area – a spike concurrent with the area’s inclement weather.
Perhaps some of these individuals have reached their snow-shoveling capacity, but it’s more likely that the extra free time is giving American workers pause to think about their current work situation, and if they’re really happy in their roles. In fact, an estimated 2 million Americans are leaving their jobs on a monthly basis because they are unhappy with their corporate job.
That’s bad news if your work environment lacks the qualities needed to keep your team happy and engaged while on the clock – at home or at the office. The good news is that you can control some of the things that contribute to your team’s happiness, such as environment/culture, work-life integration, and management style.
Check out these three strategies that will help keep your employees happy and engaged at work.
Relinquish the 9-5 routine
Employees are working longer hours and unknowingly (or in some cases, knowingly) diminishing the quality of their work-life balance. The company connectivity that employees have via smartphones and other technology is a major contributor to today’s work-around-the-clock mindset.
It’s time to enable a trusting environment and activate a work-life integration that empowers employees to treat their personal lives as a priority, but with the understanding that work needs to be completed as well. Businesses are evolving from the typical 9-5 schedule. More and more, teams are being evaluated by the content and quality of their work, not by the number of hours spent behind the desk.
Empowerment is key
Empower your employees to be the leader of their projects. It instills a sense of responsibility and satisfaction in their role. This not only benefits their performance, it can increase engagement, morale, and retention within your department.
Empowerment is just one component that keeps an employee happy and engaged at work. Check out our infographic to dive deeper into how to create a positive workforce.
Gratitude is a proven motivator. Giving sincere thanks to your employees activates the part of a person’s brain where motivation is triggered. Receiving positive and constructive feedback builds a more productive and optimistic culture, making employees less likely to look for another job.
As you think about how this information applies to you and your team, remember these three things:
- Your attitude is contagious. Make it a part of your company’s mission to create the energy that keeps you moving forward.
- Highlight internal triumphs to cultivate a supportive and encouraging workplace culture.
- Give your team the tools they need to empower themselves