Let me ask you. How can you tell if a business is doing well? Is it the number of zeros in the sales report? Do you look at how sophisticated the office looks? Or maybe you’re more concerned how long a business has been established?
We’ll tell you a secret. The single and most accurate sign you’ll ever need about successful businesses is that employees are happy.
The reason is pretty simple. You may give yourself props for building your business from scratch or for your impeccable management skills. Or perhaps, the relentless hard work that you’ve invested into your business. But ultimately, businesses succeed or fail because of employees.
If you have employees that do well then your numbers would go off the chart. Now, if your employees aren’t doing well then numbers would still go off the chart, just in the opposite direction.
It is because of this reason that we believe that it is important for you to constantly become aware of whether or not your employees are happy.
Below are some signs that will help you tell:
1. They Show Up To Work Early
This has nothing to do with enthusiasm or excitement to get to the office. The reason happy employees go to work early is because they care about getting the work done.
We know for a fact that one can never finish a task successfully if they do not prepare for it. Thus, you can rest assured that if an employee makes the effort to get to work a bit earlier, it means that he is using his extra time to craft plans or to-do-lists to guide him throughout the day.
2. They Interact With Their Coworkers
When we say interact, we don’t mean that they spread gossip around the office and barely gets anything done.
One of the biggest signs that your employees are happy is when they know the right balance between working and building rapport with coworkers.
We all know someone who pretends to be the most productive person in the wrong by staying in his desk for the entire day and not caring about anyone else in the office.
When we see someone focused on a task and not speaking to other people, this is mostly a sign of employee dissatisfaction even though some people view this as being hardworking.
When you are happy with something that you are doing, you show it by being collaborative with others. No good thing can ever be accomplished by doing something all on your own.
3. Employees Contribute To The Overall Well-Being Of The Company
The reason this is a powerful sign of happy employees is pretty simple. No one wants to make important contributions to the company. It is just something that happens when one is happy with his job. It’s something that just comes naturally.
Sure, an ambitious employee would often think about wanting to make an impact within an organization. This could be due to financial compensation or simply wanting to feel like he is part of a bigger mission.
But oftentimes, people who want to achieve these kinds of milestones never do. That’s because contribution to an organization often happens to people who spontaneously do the right thing for the company.
And there would be no other reason for an employee to be spontaneous in this way if he is not happy with his job.
4. Positive Energy
One can fake a smile. One can act like his job is the most important thing in the world but we can never fake our energy.
We can say all the good things about a certain organization but our energy will tell everything. So, if you have someone in the office that just spreads positivity in the office as if his life depends on it, you can be sure that this is a happy employee.
He finds fulfillment at his job. He does all the things that he does because he feels happy when the company is moving up. This is the kind of passion that everyone wishes they have. So, as a result, his mere presence in the office makes everybody else want to step up.
5. Workspace Is Tidy
This is all about initiative. If you have happy employees, it goes to show that they exert extra effort to make their work a lot easier for them.
Oftentimes, easy or hard jobs are only called as such depending on the work environment. Is it clean? Is it tidy? Maybe it’s filled with papers and folders.
After a long day at work, your employees’ desks are bound to be filled with documents. It will most likely be in a sense of array. But if your employees are happy with what they do, a common habit among them would be to tidy up their work area before they leave the office.
Having a tidy workspace is one of the things that keeps people productive and effective at the workplace. So, if your employees are making this kind of effort, they are most certainly happy with the company. There’s no doubt about it.
6. They Don’t Have To Ask For Raises And Promotions
We all know a group of employees who have a habit of wanting to ask for a higher position or a higher pay even though their work performance doesn’t really reflect their expectations. They don’t give you any good reason to give what they ask for other than their long stay within the company.
And then, there are also people whom you simply want to promote and give a better salary. They are the top performers. They stand out from the crowd because they have a certain drive for success.
One of the reasons people develop this kind of drive is because they are working at a job that they like. So, if you have employees who resemble what we’ve just talked about, then you can bet that most people are happy with your leadership and management.
How many from the list did you spot in your employees? If you ticked at least once then congratulations. Otherwise, no need to worry. It is never too late to start investing in employee satisfaction. Why not get started with a reward system for your employees? Contact us today to know how. You will surely reap the benefits of happy employees.