Happy Employees Show Stronger Performance and Longevity

happy employeesWho doesn’t want more work-life balance? Today, more than ever, more employees are hoping to continue a vibrant career at a reduced number of hours. Others want the flexibility to spend fewer hours in the actual workplace environment. However, many companies may be slow to respond with options that are a good fit for optimizing their talent and creating a company of happy employees.


Ensuring that your team is satisfied in their roles depends largely on how engaged they are with their job and your company. This challenge becomes increasingly difficult when it comes to part-time employees. Here are a few ways to expand the flexibility of your company and offer options that attract the best employees:


Find out what your employees want. A great way to cultivate a team of happy employees is to begin by asking your employees what would be the ideal situation for them. Rather than assuming you know what they’re looking for in the workplace, start the conversation with them. You may not be able to deliver on every item, of course. However, if you find out that a significant number of your employees would value more flexibility, a part-time schedule or the ability to telecommute, it may be worth examining the impact of making a few changes.


Consider expanding your hiring efforts. If you decide that retaining talent means more flexibility in your employees’ schedules for part-time work, be prepared to increase the number of employees on your team. You’ll want to offer benefits that entice other quality candidates who are looking to advance their career while balancing with other life demands. Consider offering a variety of benefit options that may be appealing, rather than simply offering full benefits to full-time employees and no benefits for part-time employees. For many good candidates, benefits and flexibility may trump salary concerns.


Respect the boundaries of part-time positions. When the majority of the team is working full-time, it can be challenging to respect the communication boundaries of a part-time worker. If you have a team member that works only three days a week, make it clear to every member of your team what the expectations will be for calls or emails. Your part-time employee may not be able to fully shut down the phone and laptop for the days they are not working, but they should feel there’s a well-communicated system of expectations in place.


Rely on objective data to put together the right team. Even if they are part-time, you’ll appreciate employees that are fully engaged in their positions, in your company culture and with your team. Use a behavioral assessment to get reliable information about how a candidate will fit in the job and with your company. This saves you precious time and money now and in the long-run. Another note: Your best team may be right in front of you. By finding out the precise motivators for your team, as well as data about their strengths, you may be able to maximize their talent rather than hiring new team members.


At PI Consulting Group, we offer the Predictive Index, a behavioral assessment that provides a data-driven approach to your talent management process. We offer not only the assessment, but an ongoing partnership to help you get the right people in the right positions, resulting in more engaged, happier employees whether they work full-time or part-time.