Business managers must look for ways to be a blessing everyday. Greet those below you in a happy way and let them understand that, yes, you have a business to run but you are concerned for their welfare. Doing this will help you build a productive work force.
It is said that when the employee’s are happy and content in what they do, the productivity they produce excel’s. As Christians Business Owners, we set the standards of our environment. If we treat our employee’s with dignity and respect, the work happily. If we do not, then negativity and chaos runs rampant in the workforce.
Here are some suggestions for a happy work environment:
1. Create an atmosphere at work with meaning, purpose and value. A valued employee is one who loves to come to work, who loves what they do, and will go to extremes to accomplish the task they are given.
2. Let your employee’s know that they are doing a good job. Positive affirmations are always a plus to employee’s. Everyone likes hearing that they are appreciated for the work they do. Thank you, good job, and keep up the good work are what makes an employee thrive to do all you ask of them.
3. Encourage employee’s to utilize their talents. Great idea’s come from many different avenues. You never know when one of your employee’s will have the next “big idea” unless you are asking them, including them, or listening to what the say. Always make time to listen. If it is not an idea you want to go with or a direction you want to go, you simply let them know how much you appreciate their input and let them know you will consider it.
4. Make the work environment a place of comfort and appeal. When your employee’s are happy, you are happy. Maybe you can provide some music, lightly in the background or allow them to listen to an online station. Maybe it is just making sure they have a good desk and chair. Or maybe it is small creature comforts like personal pictures on their desk. If they believe you care about them, this makes for a good work environment.
One of the things I do, I make sure I know about their families. I ask my employee’s how the family is, husband/wife, kids etc… and I make sure I ask about the employee as well. If an employee is having a hard time at home, chances are it will transfer to work. Once the door is open for negativity it becomes contagious.
If you know what frame of mind your employee’s are in, you can counter act any negative flow. If you own a large company with many employee’s then your office manager, or assistants should be sharing in the duties of speaking to employee’s daily.
I also want to say this, don’t be a doormat business owner that people will take advantage of because of your kindness. Be a strong leader, be Christian, and be the voice that they need. Employee’s need a strong leader, who can lead with a firm hand and the gentleness of God.
In Colossians 1:10 the Word of God tells us this:
I love people and I want them to be happy with me, but I don’t allow them to control me. I am led by the Holy Spirit.
Be a strong Christian spiritual leader and your business will prosper with the help of happy employee’s.