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Wednesday, October 16, 2019

CEO Journal

Busy CEO? 4 Simple Ways To Keep Your Workforce Happy

As a CEO, it’s not easy to be everywhere at once. With so much to do and oversee and yet so little time, keeping your business ticking over and keeping everyone happy all whilst at the mercy of your calendar, can feel like an impossible juggling act.

As a business owner, employee retention is important, so you need to recognise it as such and make it a priority. The best way to do this? By keeping your workforce happy of course. But as a CEO, do you really have the time? How can you boost employee morale without knocking your own to-do list out of sync? Read on for 4 simple ways to keep your workforce happy.

  1. Create a safe working environment
    An employee that feels safe and an employee that has the right tools to complete their role to the best of their ability, is a happy one. It’s as simple as that. Not only can you avoid a deluge of personal injury claims by providing a safe working environment, but it actually shows that you care and respect your employees and if they feel respected, then that will be reflected in everything that they do. From safety signage – check out this website for the latest in custom danger signs – to the latest training, the provision of high quality safety equipment and regular safety checks will all help towards a safer, positive working environment.

  2. Provide perks!
    Believe it or not, you can do this without breaking the bank. While an all inclusive trip to Bali would certainly boost morale your accountant would probably disagree. There are so many ways a CEO who is in touch with their employees can do this. From dress-down Fridays, to buying everyone their lunch. Setting up challenges where the winners are treated to a spa treatment. Providing (good quality) tea, coffee and biscuits in the break room! It’s the little things that matter.

  3. Recognize progress – no matter how small
    You’ll probably have employees that hit their targets again and again and excel in everything that they do. While its great to recognise their abilities and thank them for their hard work, it’s important not to forget the effort of others in the business. If there’s an employee that’s been struggling with a particular aspect of their role but has worked hard to overcome that problem, then recognise their determination and grit. Acknowledge individually and let them know that all their efforts don’t go unnoticed.

  4. Take an interest in your employees
    You might be a CEO, but you’re also a human being. So, show it! Let your employees see that you’re approachable, friendly and take a genuine interest in the people who work for you! Make notes of birthdays, if anyone is expecting a baby, or has a personal goal that they’re working towards. Not only does taking an interest in your employees boost morale, but it also allows you to understand how they work, how they might approach certain tasks and why they chose to work for you.


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Ryan Miller
Senior associate editor at ​the CEOWORLD magazine. Raised in Boston with a Brooklyn accent.
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