In recent times, satisfying employees has become an important goal for companies. The reason is apparent – satisfied and happy employees work better, thereby helping the company grow. Thus, it becomes necessary to understand what employees like, how they work, and what they expect. This blog is all about understanding your employees and what goes on in their minds.

What’s changing with Employees?

The Virtual Office

This one doesn’t come as a surprise, considering the current situation. While employees can work from the comfort of their home, it dilutes working culture. They might have gotten rid of their irritating co-worker, but they all made successful plans together. The person sharing their desk could have been loud, but sometimes, they do miss their presence. It is more imperative than ever to encourage team building activities. Try to ensure that employees do not miss out on the socialisation they had earlier.

Have more interactive and fun zoom meeting, and try to make work more enjoyable.

Hierarchy, a boon or bane?

Agreed, hierarchical structures form the basis of an organisation. However, with increasing collaborations and the need to report to various departments, organisations are becoming more agile. Hierarchies are being broken down. It’s not unusual to have a quick chat with your boss sometimes. While some functions may become unclear, it’s safe to have a cross-functioning team that connects everyone. It’ll also help to keep certain etiquette in place at times. Your employees might develop bonds that’ll strengthen company culture.

Flexible Schedules

While this may seem a little off, it’ll always help to let your employees work when they feel they’re at their best. This works especially when one is locked at home with an entire family. Try to give your employees have a little flexible schedule. Don’t relax rules, and ensure they work according to deadlines. On the other hand, let them take the break they need. This is only bound to improve their productivity.

Refrain from compromising, but do look out for your employees.

Mental Health is NOT a Taboo

These times have helped us understand that ensuring that people are in the right space of mind is more important than ever. Try to talk about mental issues more often.  Have an occasional quick meeting about it, and create safe spaces for people to open up. It’s necessary to be in the right headspace for everyone.

Let your employees know that you’re there to support them even when they’re feeling low, caring will only bring everyone closer.

Developing Values in Employees

While we all have had our own value lessons and stories in our childhood, try to inculcate some appreciable values in your employees. Show them how working in a team can be helpful. Try to increase confidence among them. Show them how to be compassionate; an occasional CSR initiative will be suitable for everyone. Nothing is better than a workforce that has some great inherent value systems.

Technology everywhere

As the world progresses towards a tomorrow filled with fascinating technology, employees find new technology irresistible. Try to give them more technologically advanced tools.

Inquisitive attitudes will take over, and exploring these tools will make work interesting.

Furthermore, organisations can no longer afford to be technically redundant. Incorporating the latest technology will also help the organisation stay ahead of the curve.

Encourage Equality among Employees

As workplaces become more diverse, ensure that discrimination is not a word in the dictionary of your employees, and more importantly, yours. Treat everyone equally, giving equal opportunities. Whenever possible, make sure no one is left out. Engage everyone and make every team as diverse as possible. While like-minded people might work without troubles, a more vast and diverse group may have conflicts but will come out with better ideas. Diversity has now become the key to success.

LISTEN

Listen to your employees. While taking decisions, keep their welfare in mind, for otherwise, they won’t be satisfied. More often than not, they might give sound advice too. Listen to their problems, and lend a hand, especially in such crucial times.

Having a strict boss may be useful, but an empathetic boss is better. Put yourself in their shoes.

Have anonymous complaint forms, and let them voice their concerns and complaints. Suppression is the worst form of control, and will only lead to further dissent.

While the above might help strengthen your organisation, there’s always room for improvement! These are only suggestive and might not work everywhere, but look out for what your employees like, and keep their needs in mind. After all, happy employees make a happy company.