Why employee motivation is important

Employee motivation is necessary to keep employees engaged and aspiring for higher levels of performance. If employees lack motivation, their performance will quickly deteriorate and an overall negative impact will occur to the organization.

How to enhance employee motivation

Employee motivation is usually enhanced when employees realize some or all of the following points:

  • That they have an active role in the overall business picture
  • That their role is seen and recognized by their peers and by their managers
  • That they are well rewarded for their contribution with full transparency
  • That their company is investing in their career, and not only treating them as a tool for short-term gains.

Why employee retention is important

Employee retention has many advantages to any company. The following are some of them:

  • Enhances the stability of operations by relying on SMEs who are there for many years to come.
  • Allows the company to increase its inventory of skills by investing in existing employees and building a 2nd and 3rd row of SMEs.
  • Allows the company to engage in long-term plans with higher confidence due to the stability of its manpower.

How to improve employee retention

Employee retention can be improved by many ways, the following are some of those ways:

  • Creating periodic training programs that engage employees I career development and skills enhancement disciplines
  • Creating an efficient rewarding system that focuses on the employees’ contribution, rather than longevity
  • Creating and maintaining a dialogue with employees to ensure their voice is always heard and adequately responded to. This instills the belonging and ownership spirit in employees towards their work place.

What makes an employee happy

Happiness of an employee is directly connected with job satisfaction. If an employee is not satisfied, and has no communication channel to voice out his dissatisfaction, and/or when he or she expresses a concern, is not seriously considered, they will definitely start losing sense of happiness and coming to work every day will become a daunting duty, rather than a pleasantly anticipated day.

How to make an employee happy

In order to make an employee happy, a company should focus on enhancing elements of satisfaction that will allow the employee to feel that he or she belongs to the place, that they do matter, and that their voice is heard and taken seriously. Additionally, compensation to their duly exerted efforts, in a timely manner, also plays a big role in feeding the happiness curve in the employee’s mind.

How to handle employee relations issues

Employee relations is a sensitive area in any company. That is why, it should be handled by an independent entity that will apply all applicable laws, rules and regulations equally in all situations, in all levels, and regardless of who the individual who’s being disciplined is. 

Also, Employee Relations provides a mini-simulation of a judicial system. Therefore, in addition to being fair and transparent, it also needs to be timely in order to gain the trust of all employees. Late justice is as good as no justice.

Why employee loyalty is important

Loyalty is important for both the employee and the employer. On the side of the employee, loyalty of the company towards its employee represent the core factor in employee satisfaction that affects their happiness and, subsequently, the longevity of their term of service with the company.

On the side of the company, witnessing employees’ loyalty in their everyday performance and commitment, positively affects reliability of the staff in the eyes of stakeholders. One loyal employee is as good as a gold mine in the eyes of good management.

How to improve employee loyalty

Employee loyalty can only be improved when the company’s loyalty to the employee is adequately demonstrated. Accordingly, the more a company invests in the well-being, rewarding compensation, protection and career development of its employees, the higher loyalty can be found within the employees towards their employer.

How to avoid employee turnover

You cannot avoid employee turnover, but you can reduce the high turnover of employees to help increase the stability of manpower in the company and therefore enhance its ability to engage in long-term plans.

How to reduce employee turnover

In order to reduce employee turnover, a company needs to invest in activities, tools and systems the help increase employees’ satisfaction at work, addressed in the answer to previous questions, such as meaningful training, rewarding schemes and overall effective dialogues that instills the feeling of belonging and therefore increase loyalty, which reduces the employee turnover.

How to reduce employee absenteeism

Absenteeism is usually a sign of an issue that an employee has. In some cases, it could be an actual medical illness that should be attended to. In other “many” cases, it could be a sign of a lack of satisfaction on the employees’ side. 

Accordingly, the logical starting point to reducing absenteeism, is a proper root-cause analysis of the reasons causing the employee to choose not to come to work. Once the reasons are identified correctly, the proper action should be taken without delay. 

If absenteeism is related to a lack of satisfaction, then the employee should be engaged in a motivational program with the intent of increasing his/her satisfaction, which will then result in less absenteeism. 

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