May 12, 2022
It pays to keep employees happy, healthy, and satisfied with their roles. But if you’ve been in management for any time at all, you know this is way less straightforward than it sounds. From resolving conflict to repairing burnout to fixing poor performance; the art of employee satisfaction is extremely complicated. And for managers and other supervisors, holistic workplace happiness may seem like just a cute fairy tale.
Or is it?
In the era of the Great Recognition, employee satisfaction is slowly becoming more accessible. In fact, it’s totally possible to improve employee satisfaction without losing your managerial marbles. Honest!
And it starts with three basic elements.
Employee happiness and satisfaction are connected at the hip. A happy employee is 12% more productive than an unhappy one, increasing satisfaction and pride in their work. Imagine an entire company filled to the brim with satisfied customers. That could be you!
But it’ll take some work to get there first. Today, there are three major factors that affect employee happiness and satisfaction:
Balancing these elements makes your company stand out as one of the coolest employers around – and one of the best places for folks to punch their time cards.
But how do you balance conflict, burnout, and performance appropriately, and it is actually feasible in a 24-hour day? In a word: yes! Let’s explore each of them in greater detail.
Conflict is inevitable. No matter how many donuts get left in the break room, humans have a way of falling into disagreements with one another. And if squabbles happen to come between managers and employees, the situation could get ugly fast.
More than 50% of employees have quit their jobs due to a bad manager. Boosting turnover and increasing job satisfaction, interpersonal conflicts quickly dry up any love employees have for your brand.
It’s best to stomp out potential conflicts right before they happen (or better yet, have an action plan for when it does). Experts suggest resolving conflicts in your business using a three-part method:
Although these steps aren’t guaranteed to stop conflicts from happening, they are guaranteed to keep employees happy and satisfied with your efforts.
Ah, burnout: an old familiar friend. Burnout affects roughly 52% of employees (wowza), and this number is projected to increase a whole lot more in the next five years.
What to do?
The more you show employees you care, the stronger their workplace satisfaction will be. The productivity benefits are just icing on the cake!
Everyone has periods of struggle, even with their work. Whether it’s due to burnout, conflict, or personal reasons, poor performance can quickly drag employee satisfaction through the mud.
Research suggests that 70% of employees are not committed to giving their best work performance. But addressing the elephant in the room by sending in a mouse rarely goes well. Instead, we suggest taking a mindful approach:
And just like that, you’re done! You’re well on your way to improving employee satisfaction in ways that matter.
So we’ve talked a lot about listening today, but not that much about how to get it done. You know the feedback process is all well and good, but paper surveys just don't cut it when it comes to monitoring employee satisfaction and happiness for the long term. At Motivosity, we get this better than anyone.
Motivosity has been working on increasing employee satisfaction for more than a decade – and we’re pretty proud of our results. Our Connect, Recognize, Lead, and Listen software perfectly integrates with any tech stack, allowing managers to deploy satisfaction surveys with ease. Gather insights, recognize hard workers, and see changes around your company in real time.
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