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You May Be Surprised by What Really Drives Your Employees

Employee happiness is a major part of the success of your business. If the people who work for you are not happy with what they’re doing, chances are that your business will fall apart at the seams. Employees who are happy in their jobs are more motivated, harder working, and create a more positive image of your company, both inside and out.

So what does it take to make your employees happy? Obviously, drivers of happiness are different from person to person, but in general you’ll likely find that employees are happiest and have the greatest job satisfaction when they have these five things:

Passion for what they do.

If you’ve ever interviewed people, you’ve probably come across plenty of interviewees who simply say what they think you want to hear. They’ll tell you how much they love math in order to get an accounting position that they’ll end up hating, just because they need a job. Potential hires who are looking for just any type of work are not the kind of people you want in your organization. It’s essential to find people who actually care about what it is you’re trying to do. If you already have people in your organization who aren’t interested in their work, look for ways to elicit passion from them. That might mean reassigning certain team members to different tasks or implementing a reward system that gives them opportunities to do the things they enjoy most.

Respect for the leadership team.

People who respect their bosses work much harder than people who don’t. Under the right circumstances, a boss-employee relationship can be a very special bond. Ideally, your employees will want to earn the respect of their leaders and impress them.  However, this only happens when employees value the opinion of their bosses. Make sure that you only put people in positions of power who have strong management styles and are able to elicit respect and admiration from their subordinates.

Positive work culture.

Workplace culture is a vital part of every employee’s happiness. If your employees don’t enjoy their co-workers, feel no comraderie, or are overly competitive with one another, your business will likely suffer. Talk to your employees about the culture change they would like to see and take steps to improve their day-to-day office experiences.

Fair compensation for a job well done.

If your employees feel underpaid, they’ll have no motivation to do their best work. Make sure your employees have room for growth both in their responsibilities and their paychecks. A well-timed bonus or a bump in pay can be a great way to both reward work well done and foster loyalty to your organization.

Opportunities to learn.

The best employees are those who are always hoping to reach further and step higher in their career, and the best way to do that is through continuing education opportunities. Look for ways to let your employees learn from one another, and give them chances to attend seminars, conferences, and classes that might help them move further in their personal career goals.

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