7 Ways to Keeping Employees Happy

July 27, 2020 Career Advice,Leadership

by Bernie Fussenegger

Last week, I outlined 6 ways to rewarding and keeping your employees, direct reports or anyone that you work with happy and should be a priority for yourself or your leadership teams. It doesn’t matter what you build, what you sell or even provide to customers, you can’t do it without the people that work for you.

I have built on those six and added seven more – some of these are great for the COVID environment we are in to help break things up and reward in different ways. These are things you can do to reward your employees without hurting the bottom line, but keeping your team happy.

Flex Hours

Be flexible with work hours when things come up such as a doctors appointment or a kids lunch at school. So jobs do require that your employees are there at certain times, but it is ok to be flexible with hours with important life opportunities outside work.

Make Work Fun/Create a Productive Atmosphere

Work doesn’t have to be boring and to the grind in order for people to get things done. It is good to break up the day and weeks with outside events or even events/games within the office. Make the workspace fun and inviting.

Give Free Passes as Rewards

Most employees have a set number of days off they are allow. Do something special for holidays or events where you can give your employees off a day where they don’t have to use their days. Set up incentives during the summer that is they pass a certain goal, they can get Friday’s off. Make it fun but not so hard to achieve.

Applaud Their Efforts

People like to receive recognition for a job well done. Make sure you take the time to applaud the team or employees for those efforts.

Celebrate Their Birthdays

Make a big deal out of employees birthdays – bring in a cake and pull the team together to celebrate and make the day about that person.

Celebrate Their Anniversary

Like a birthday, the work anniversary is also something that should be a big deal. Bring awareness of this at the 1 year, 5 year, 10 year and so on – you can also do a notification each month as employees celebrate their work anniversaries.

Welcome and Encourage Family into the Office

Your employees family should be encouraged to come into the office. It is always good to meet someones significant other, their kids and so on. This gives you more to talk about than just work.

Don’t be afraid to think outside the box when it comes to your employees! A Happy Employee is a Productive Employee = Happy Customers!


About the Author – Bernie Fussenegger

Proven digital marketing leader with over 27 years of background experience in QSR and healthcare that includes engaging the customers with digital experiences within CRM, eCRM, Social, Mobile, Web Content and Performance Marketing. Success with managing in a fast-paced environment and delivering strategic solutions for both the customer and franchise organization.

Solo with B2The7 – Working with small businesses on how they can target and engage their customers with digital and social solutions from real, practical experience that I have gained over the last 26 years.

Founder of Careerbarn.com which brings jobseekers and employers together. Employers can post their positions for free and jobseekers can take advantage of our listings, resume services and career coaching to find the right position for them.

Host of #Digital360Chat on Twitter – covers topics around digital, marketing and the customer. The chat takes place on Twitter every Friday at 12pm ET.

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