It’s hard these days for employers to keep their best resource—employees.
How can you maintain a strong pool of highly productive employees? Simple—keep them happy.
Sure, you could pay them more, but that’s not always feasible, nor is it necessarily the best tactic. Making sure they’re satisfied, appreciated and challenged in the office will make a huge difference.
Here are five ways you can improve your employee connections without breaking the bank:
1. Communicate effectively. No one likes to be left in the dark, especially not your employees. Providing clear, high-level communication on corporate strategy will improve employee morale and provide clarity about how their efforts contribute value to the company. Consider sharing company goals, vision and culture on platforms other than handbooks or email. Intranet software tools such as message boards and discussion forums are an effective way to distribute information throughout your organization.
2. Provide training and development. Training requires an initial monetary investment, but it will contribute to your staff’s overall productivity. Trained employees are less frequently overwhelmed or frustrated, and proper instruction will help them interact with customers, close a sale or use technological systems. In addition, you can attract and retain better employees if you offer development programs, ongoing skill development, workshops, job shadowing and mentoring. Investing in your staff keeps them from leaving or, worse, staying on and becoming stagnant. To keep training up to date and organized, switch to online forms and automated workflows. It eliminates the need to manually track progress or risk having a certification expire.
3. Implement flexible workspaces and workdays. Flexible workspaces are becoming more popular; not all workers are at their most productive from 9 to 5. Affording your staff more flexibility in their day can increase their creativity and motivation and give them a sense of autonomy. The transition to a flex workspace can be seamless with technology that enables employees to stay organized and securely share information, forms and communication.
4. Streamline manual processes. Whether your organization has 10 employees or 10,000, document storage and retrieval are often frustrating and time-consuming. By installing a centralized and secure archive to streamline records, forms and documents, you can save time, improve productivity and stay organized.
5. Create clear and concise performance goals. Setting realistic goals with your employees benefits all concerned and generates focus and productivity. Delegate specific goals to be accomplished in a set amount of time. Employees can then prioritize more essential tasks with discernible measurability, which gives them a sense of accomplishment. Using automation to set up employee goals helps them stay on track and keeps managers up to date with their progress.
A version of this post first appeared on Intranet Connections.