For many employees who are
dissatisfied with their jobs, it often isn’t the work itself that makes
the position unrewarding, but rather factors like a poor work-life
balance, an uncommunicative supervisor or lack of recognition for
strong performance. As a manager, you have the ability to structure
your department for maximum worker satisfaction. It’s to your benefit
to do so, because contented employees are more likely to be loyal to
A recent Robert Half Management
Resources survey of 150 executives with the nation’s 1,000 largest
firms highlights some ways to make your company a more pleasant place.
Executives were asked, "If you were the president of your company,
what, if anything, would you change?" Twenty-six percent suggested
improving the work environment, and 17% said they’d focus on better
employee communication. Here are some of the responses:
- "Focus on programs to help achieve work/life balance."
- "Support more flexible programs such as offering telecommuting options."
- "Allow staff to wear business casual attire all the time."
- "Increase the number of vacation days, and tuition and mileage reimbursements."
- "Promote entrepreneurship."
- "Celebrate more often and offer individual ‘thank-yous’ for accomplishments."
- "Improve internal communication so everyone is on the same page."
senior management do more walk-arounds so that people feel a natural
connection with those leading the company. It puts a face to a title."
- "Effectively communicate the company vision so everyone is aligned with where the company is going."
- "Be more frank with employees about what is going on with the company."
- "Listen to employees more."
Workplace improvements can create long-lasting
benefits in terms of staff productivity and retention. By creating a
supportive environment for new ideas and smart risk-taking, as well as
by promoting work/life balance, you’ll foster a workplace where
employees want to stay.
Source: Robert Half Financing and Accounting and Accountemps