5 Secrets to Employee Happiness

October 3, 2014 Perks Admin


Deb Broderson, VP of Marketing

employee happinessHere at Perks our team is…you guessed it, happy. From taking blue sky breaks on the roof (some of our employees pictured here) to planning our highly anticipated annual Field Day, making sure employees are satisfied is part of our job description. With that said, it’s no secret that employee satisfaction is closely related to high levels of productivity, motivation, and overall business success. Makes sense right? It’s a pretty simple philosophy.

As we discovered last month, when Gallup surveyed the American workforce, the results showed that an astounding 70% of workers are disengaged. For the economy, that is an estimated $550 billion in lost revenue.

Don’t contribute to these numbers. Be proactive and make sure your employees are happy. If they’re not, come up with an effective solution. Here are some ways to help you out.

1.) Pay What Their Performance is Worth

High performers have been found to be 116% more likely to be with the company two years later than low performers. High performers also on average earn 35% more than low performers. If you have a great employee that your company can’t survive without, make sure their pay reflects their worth so that you don’t have to.

 2.) Have a Transparent Structure

No one wants to work for a secretive company – that doesn’t exactly create a feeling of ease in one’s position and can create gossip and a toxic environment, causing distractions and unproductiveness. Employees want to know how the company operates and the direction you are going.

 3.) Increase Flexibility & Trust

Did you know more than 10.8 million Americans commute more than an hour, each way, to work daily? That’s brutal and cuts into life outside of work since time is spent driving. Employees crave an equal work-life balance and flex time is one of the most sought after perks, understandably so. 51% of working adults plan to look for a new job that offers more flexibility within the next three years. Allowing workers to decide their own schedule or occasionally work from home can lead to happier and more productive employees.

 4.) No One’s Perfect – Encourage Creativity

If an employee feels that every move made has to be a perfect one, they’ll never attempt a new idea. Create an atmosphere of invention, encourage creativity, encourage failure as long as they come back and try again.

 5.) Create a FUN Work Environment

Have you ever looked at “Life at Google”? There’s a reason they are flooded with applications every day – the employees look like they’re having a blast! You can create this type of work environment also. Include perks like free lunches, plan fun employee activities, put a foosball table in the break room, or any other fun perk your company can afford. A little bit of fun during the work day is good for the mind and most definitely will increase productivity and keep your employees around.


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