While you may have the best products or services in the industry, your employees are also among your most valuable of assets. Without a dedicated and competent workforce, your business will struggle to grow and reach its full potential.
Of course, you also need to keep them happy and satisfied.
Aside from a good salary and a healthy work environment, there are many other ways to earn the loyalty of your employees.
1) Allow them to have paid day off during birthdays.
Sure, it feels nice to be greeted by office co-workers during an individual’s birthday but let’s face the truth – your employee would rather spend the day with their families and friends. Grant them a paid day off for their birthday and you’d probably be considered the “best boss ever.”
2) Enable flexible work.
Believe it or not, flexible scheduling can be beneficial for both your people and your business. Besides, it allows your employees to avoid rush hour traffic, attend to some errands, or even attend an important event. On the other hand, you can expect them to be more focused and productive in their work.
3) Offer free meals.
Of course, you do not have to do this on a daily basis but occasionally, surprise your employees by ordering several boxes of pizza or any favorite food. You may also consider going out and dining at a nearby restaurant with your staff. Do this at least monthly and they will surely will love you more.
4) Implement casual dress code day.
If it’s possible in your business, set aside a day every week when your employees do not have to wear their uniforms. This sounds like a simple thing but for employees, it really is super exciting.
5) Give away free tickets.
Is a popular band coming over the town? Are there any upcoming sports events? Or great movies, maybe? Treat your employees to free tickets once in a while so they can enjoy it with a few of their friends or family members.
Finally, its also important to maintain a good professional relationship with all of your people. Treat them with respect and you’ll be able to retain their loyalty. You can avoid the trap of depending on a revolving door of employees and re-train new ones all over again.
As best-selling author and public speaker Stephen R. Covey often taught:
“Always treat your employees exactly as you want them to treat your best customers.”