Keeping Staff Happy at the HR Water Cooler

Posted on June 28, 2013 by Leave a Comment

All the positives of the HR news for the week ending June 28th, 2013:

Recess Without Stress

Leave time is a big part of keeping your team happy. This week Forbes highlights the importance of planning employee vacations at the right times. Time-off is best when scheduled away from any important company dates or product releases.

When it’s time for an employee to be away, managers and co-workers should be prepared, and auto-responders configured properly. Make sure to also clearly define when and how the absent employee can be contacted on their mobile phone. Rest and recuperation is the reason we take time-off, so make sure it happens.

Beloved by Staff

Entrepreneur touches on some key tips to keep your employees happy, in their recent article about “what it takes to be a boss everyone loves.” Mark Sanborn gives 4 ways to be a better manager:

  1. Don’t treat people as transactions.
  2. Invest in those you value.
  3. Be involved, but know your limits.
  4. Show your gratitude.

Maintaining strong relationships with staff isn’t easy. It takes effort from both sides, so recognize hard work and treat your team as people with independent needs.

Innovate the Easy Way

It’s easy to insist your staff keep their noses to the grindstone and limit all distractions (fun) from the work environment. But this may keep them from developing more effective processes. Neal Cabage this week looked at the opportunities that can present themselves when you allow for distractions.

A lot of ideas are created by looking at the grand scheme of things, rather than just focusing on one specific function or problem. Neal’s article encourages employees to network, mingle with customers, and so forth. That way, they’ll develop innovations that they may not have imagined if they were simply stuck behind their desks.

Water Cooler’s Replacement

The Wall Street Journal looks at the trend towards bringing alcohol into the workplace. More and more businesses are adding beer fridges, kegs, and even liquor to their offices’ cafeterias. Although this can create controversy (since not everyone drinks alcohol), generally staff will see it as a perk. It can be a tool to lengthen the workday or to celebrate an occasion at the office (instead of spending all that cash to be at a restaurant).

Want some more tips on maintaining employee performance? Register for free email updates or take a look at last week’s HR Water Cooler.


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