After the honeymoon period is over and after that new hire smell has worn off, the real job starts. Getting great work from an employee and making that experience enjoyable is easier than you think. This can become a challenge when work picks up, deadlines are almost due, and client work takes precedence. Through all of these factors, which in combination, can become Kryptonite to happiness…there is a way.
Here are my top 3 tips so get happy!
The best businesses deliver consistency. Customers love it because when all else fails they can count on this thing to be the same. Brands build themselves on delivering a consistent product which comes to stand for and embody the ideals of the company. The same applies to employees. If it becomes a guessing game of when or how a boss or manager might behave or react to information, this inability to anticipate interactions can send morale plummeting. I liken it to becoming a work character which a team can count on the “cowboy” to do “cowboy” stuff. Consistency will have the entire workplace on the same page as to who you are and what you stand for. YOU are a product; be consistent.
Positivity is infectious. Not overly enthusiastic, but the attitude that no obstacle is too high or of the confidence in your skills or ability to get new skills. When others begin to understand HOW you are able to be positive they will inevitably strive to become like you. After all, who doesn’t want to conquer everything placed in their path? Plus you typically receive whatever energy you put out, that alone is reason enough.
Being human is a phrase that can be overused so let me explain. We have only five
Follow those 3 tips and watch morale within your team go through the roof.
To recap, remember to be human giving out encouragement and support not just to the position but to the person. Be consistent, in behaviour, in the work you put out, and with expectations. And last but not least, be positive. Call it work karma or whatever you’d like but people will definitely take notice that when you come around things get better.
Happy employees make happy businesses and you have all the power.
With 15 years of digital creative experience and work in dozens of major industries, Lucas writes to communicate the importance of digital strategies useful for every company from Startup to mature Brand. He currently is Creative Director at @StandAndStretch, a TEDx Speaker, SEO Expert, Father to 3 boys and married to his lovely wife, Whitney. Schedule a consult today!