Employees are as Important as your Customers. Best ways to keep them happy and engaged.

Positive attitudes in the workplace are a great advantage for you and your team. A Swarthmore College study found that when people are not paralysed by fear and worry, they make better judgements. Compared to stressed-out employees, who frequently become distracted, those with good employee morale take calculated risks. According to Adobe's State of Create survey, happy employees are more creative, which is very advantageous for the expansion of your company. Unhappy employees are more inclined to look for new employment. An unfavourable work environment negatively impacts employee retention. As a result, there will inevitably be employee turnover, which puts further strain on your company because you will need to spend time and resources conducting interviews with potential replacements.

Here are 12 strategies for motivating your workforce without giving raises.

Put work-life balance

Concentrating on benefits is no longer enough to maintain competition and motivate employees. Top employers foster a culture where workers have a sense of belonging to the company and enjoy their work as an integral component of an entire, rich life. - David Ballard, American Psychological Association's assistant executive director for applied psychology

Include employees in the big picture

The chance to change the world via their job and influence the direction the firm takes is the biggest perk you can give your employees. Benefits like individual and departmental guidance, clear and frequent communication about corporate happenings and overall company direction make a huge difference in employee contentment. - Anthony Smith, the company's CEO and founder

Be truthful and open-minded

Feedback and the capacity to comprehend employee problems are crucial, but retention depends on what is done next. Always be open and honest by disclosing your findings and a plan of action for solving the problem. As an illustration, following a recent company-wide engagement survey, we decided to inform all employees of the results. We shared not only our greatest successes but also our areas for growth and our plans for addressing them.

Provide additional time off

As a reward, give your top employees more vacation days. These workers are your superstars, so you can be sure they'll finish their work and take a few additional days off to be with their loved ones:- Stacia Pache, the company's creator and CEO.

Encourage conversation in public spaces

Businesses should work to create spaces where employees may easily engage and share ideas. Informal conversations in the break room sometimes turn out to be fruitful. To make it functional and inviting, if you can, add good chairs, tables, food, and beverages—a senior vice president at Staples Advantage, Tom Heisroth.

Bolster employees

"If you're trying to keep a worker by offering them a raise, it's already too late. Early on, screen candidates for fit and allow for opportunities for advancement to reflect that value. Find employees who share the operational values of your firm. We are passionate about initiative and making a positive difference.

Lead by example

One must not undervalue the significance of arriving at work as the boss with a grin and treating everyone with the same level of importance:- Jon Sumroy, CEO and Mifold's creator.

Employee recognition and appreciation should be frequent

"Reward frequency matters more than reward size. According to business research, consumers will be happier for longer when they receive smaller, more often compliments and prizes rather than a single, big, occasional pleasant event. Even the most significant accolades or pay increases "worn out" in less than a year, and most workers respond better to smaller dosages given out every few days. The Best Place to Work author Ron Friedman

Offer extras in addition to the necessities

By helping workers in other aspects of their lives, employers can increase their pay in various ways. To preserve employees' earnings, you might extend your life or disability insurance coverage. Employees are pleased with other auxiliary benefits, including dental, vision, and wellness. Additionally, effective rewards to keep staff workers happy and healthy are gym memberships and metro passes. Higher benefits are necessary to show your workers that you genuinely care about them and their families—President and CEO of The Hotaling Group, Bobby Hotaling.

Always express gratitude

According to my observations, workers rarely become disgruntled or leave their jobs for financial reasons. When they do lose interest, it is typically because they dislike their supervisor, feel unengaged, or believe they have reached the end of their educational journey. A supportive environment at work that promotes teamwork and communication increases engagement and provides opportunities for coworkers to learn from one another. This is helpful. We occasionally recognise employees at all company levels for outstanding performance or exceptional effort. These compliments are free but offer valuable public appreciation for a job well done, effectively paying people with highly prized social currency: Roofstock co-founder and CEO Gary Beasley.

Establish a career path

We discovered that offering career coaching and training programmes to employees who don't think they have exciting career options within the organisation positively impacted this. Organisations must discuss career planning with their staff regularly. Ensure staff are aware of the various employment options and career routes across the organisation as part of training and development. Professor of business at the University of Iowa, Maria Kraimer

Encourage conversation in public spaces.

Organizations should make an effort to provide spaces where employees may easily communicate and share ideas. Informal conversations might turn into fruitful ones in the break room. To make it functional and inviting, if at all possible, add high-quality furniture, tables, food, and drinks. Senior vice president at Staples Advantage, Tom Heisroth


Customers enjoy speaking with positive personnel because they are more likely to pay attention and provide better service. Customer satisfaction rises following favourable interactions with your personnel, which can boost customer retention and business profitability. According to the Social Market Foundation's happiness survey, unhappy employees often produce less work than happy ones. When it came time to work, the group that had been given snacks and 10 minutes to view humorous films was not only more engaged than the control group, but it was also 12% more productive. Happiness spreads and impacts the energy of the entire team. When you build an excellent company culture, it enhances the beneficial influence throughout your firm. This increases teamwork among your employees and increases overall employee engagement.

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