When you work for a big successful company with a lot of people who have the same job as you, you sometimes feel like a cog in a very, very big machine – you are one of many and in no way special, important and unique. Dozens of people are doing the same thing you are and none of them is in any way different from the next guy. Plus, if you have to dress according to a certain code or are all wearing suits, that’s even worse because you look the same as well! What this brings is a feeling of not being valued as an individual and that’s far from good. However, companies that value their employees take care of them and invest in their knowledge and future, thus giving them a more personal touch. Here is how business owners can invest in their employees.
A Day at a Time
Building a good relationship with an employee takes some time and cannot be done in a couple of days. Investing in your colleagues and people who work for you is done in various ways and doesn’t even have to be obvious from the beginning nor explicitly stated. Treating your employee as a peer and transferring them from a totally professional into a more personal sphere is valuable for their performance and overall feeling they experience while working. A more respected worker will perform more efficiently, so this is good not only for them, but for the company as well.
Once a good relationship is established, a lot of things around the office seem less stressful and all those tasks you have during the day are not as scary as they used to. The term “thank God it’s Friday” surely wasn’t invented by people who were satisfied at their jobs, but, just the opposite, by those who couldn’t wait for the weekend – with no job, no boss, no work, no stress, etc. – to come.
If you want your employees not to beg for Friday to arrive, you can make them feel welcomed at their work and strengthen their wish for success. If you start your day right, feel good from the very morning, and then continue having pleasant time at the office, you are much happier and more peaceful. The same goes for your employees, so make sure that they are productive and happy.
A number of companies organize extra-curricular activities for their employees, and these range from the ones that are mandatory to those that are pure fun and engage building stronger ties and relationships between workers. There are training courses and classes that will enable you to be better at your job and even become more fluent in a foreign language. On the other hand, some companies take employees on cruises, trips and excursions which not only make them relaxed and enable befriending among different divisions and departments, but also show people that they are an important factor in their company, which is more than good.
Since taking care of your inferiors has become a must in modern business – as it should – more and more ideas arise, so some companies include a gym for the workers, fitness and wellness programs, as well as children day-care facilities for working moms and dads. Also, upon unfortunate events – death, natural disaster, etc. – companies offer professional help and even a psychiatrist. All these lead to a more satisfied worker and, consequently, a more successful company.