Stress is among us and it can kill employees’ productivity and their career satisfaction. Helping your own employees to decrease stress can increase their motivation at work and improve their productivity. Happier employees may mean happier clients and improved business profit.
Here are 4 tips how business leaders can manage their companies to make their employees happier and more productive.
- No work at off-hours – if employees are constantly expected to reply to emails, read business correspondence and act on it, it will make them burn. As every person needs to sleep on a regular basis, the same way every employee needs to disconnect from work in order to refresh better and be productive when he gets to work again. To achieve that, a simple rule can be established, such as no replies to email after 8 pm.
- No multitasking – nowadays employees are expected to work on many tasks at the same time and sometimes it is inevitable but still focusing on one thing at a time is proven to be more effective way to get things done. Multitasking may increase the time it takes to achieve each individual task and therefore it decreases productivity. Employees should be encouraged to prioritize tasks and focus on one problem at a time until it gets done.
- Employees need “buffer time” – it is often confused that busy people are productive or if the employee spends more time at work, gets more things done. That’s simply not correct. Employees should not be measured by the hours they spent at work but by the value they produce to the company. Employees should be encouraged to take lunch breaks or other small breaks between assignments in order to accomplish them in a better way.
- Leaders should show empathy and compassion – it doesn’t cost a thing to behave nice as a leader and to be friendly to your employees. Employees are considered to be more productive, happier and motivated to stay at work when their leader behaves nice, shows compassion and tries to understand what problems employees meet at work.