Boosting Employee Satisfaction

Employee Satisfaction is About More Than You May Think

employee satisfactionAs the end of the year quickly approaches, it’s important not to take your focus off your employees. Take some time to evaluate what tools you’re using to boost employee satisfaction, and make sure to stay engaged in the process throughout the year. It’s critical that you stay intentional about building healthy conversations with your employees.

Here are some ways that you can build employee satisfaction and keep your company humming with excitement throughout the year:

Focus on the positive: When you’ve had a set of budget cuts or you are behind on your sales goals, it’s easy for an organization to focus on scarcity. It is subtle, but if you mention that you’re short-handed or that money is tight in a meeting, it sends a message. Instead, work to spin difficulties as opportunities to use creativity and determination to succeed. Like negativity, a positive attitude is contagious, and your employees will get the sense that they’re pulling together rather than simply trudging through the challenge.

Create a team mission statement: Whether you’re working with an organization-wide group, or you’re supervising a small team, you should take time to develop a short statement that encompasses what you’re trying to accomplish. Employee satisfaction is largely tied to the belief that there’s something meaningful to work toward, so work with employees to spell that out.

Give as much freedom as you can: Employee satisfaction isn’t all about getting a pay raise or more vacation. For many people, quality of life comes down to more daily concerns, like the flexibility to drop their kids off at school before they come into work, or the ability to work from home one or two days a week.

Provide your employees with their responsibilities and then get out of the way and let them do it. Employees value autonomy, whether it’s in their schedule or their workload. Rather than check on particular assignments, assess your employees’ progress versus KPIs and then reward them accordingly.

Hire the right people: A significant portion of employee satisfaction comes down to whether they are a good fit for their role in the organization. It can be hard to determine whether a candidate is going to be a great fit through the interview process. When you add in an objective tool, though, like a behavioral assessment, you can obtain objective information about how a candidate would perform in a particular position and how they would fit on your team.

At PI Consulting Group, we work with companies just like yours to develop employee satisfaction goals. One of the best ways to improve levels of employee satisfaction is by hiring the right people onto your team in the first place. To learn more about the PI System, give us a call for an appointment.