by Stella Fayman on June 17, 2013
Whether you operate a restaurant or accounting business, it is important to keep your employees happy. If your employees are happy, they are much more likely to be productive and stay with the company longer. That is why it is so important to create a fun and productive work environment for your employees. Here are five tips on how to create a fun and productive work atmosphere.
Let Employees Share Their Feedback and Ideas
If you want your employees to feel important, you have to let them share their feedback and ideas. For example, if you have implemented a new email system, ask your employees how they feel about it. If you ask your employees for their feedback, they will feel appreciated and work harder for you.
Encourage Open and Direct Communication
It’s important to encourage open and direct communication in the workplace. Employees are much more likely to get along and work better together if they know how to properly communicate with one another. If you want your employees to practice open and direct communication, you have to model healthy communication. For example, if an employee does something you don’t like, you should call her into your office and discuss the problem with her openly.
Don’t Be Afraid to Have Fun
A productive work environment doesn’t have to be boring. If you allow your employees to have fun, they will actually be happier and more productive. For example, if your employees meet their sales goals, surprise them with a pizza party. You can also let them dress up for work on certain holidays such as Halloween or St. Patrick’s Day.
Reward Your Employees for Their Achievements
When your employees make certain accomplishments, give them service awards. If you give them awards for their efforts, they will feel appreciated and continue to do a great job. For example, if an employee exceeds his sales goals, give him a gift card to a restaurant or electronics store.
Make Staff Evaluations a Positive Experience
Staff evaluations shouldn’t be nerve-wracking; they should be positive experiences. During your staff evaluations, make sure to praise your employees for their efforts and thank them for their specific talents. If you need to tell an employee where he needs to improve, you should still make that a positive experience by giving him tips on how he can do better.
Brionna Kennedy is native to the Pacific Northwest, growing up in Washington, then moving down to Oregon for college. She enjoys writing on fashion and business, but any subject will do, she loves to learn about new topics. When she isn’t writing, she lives for the outdoors. Oregon has been the perfectsetting to indulge her love of kayaking, rock climbing, and hiking.