Talk to employees
Although this may sound very basic, but talking to your employees can often work wonders. If you talk about different facets of their lives and their jobs, you will get tremendous insight on what makes them tick and how they feel about working for you. It is also a good idea to increase communication amongst all the employees to help improve overall productivity.
Take time out to actually listen to what your employees are saying about the company or a particular project that they might be working on. It is always a good idea to get their feedback and the more you seek their opinion, the more important they will feel.
Promote from within
Instead of brining on some high flyer that has a huge salary, it is always better to promote an employee that has been loyal to the company for many years. This also motivates the other employees as they feel that if they work hard, they can eventually get promoted to a better position in the company.
At least once a month it is a good idea to organize group activities for your employees. These activities can include going to the movies, picnic with families or employee awards dinner. It is a good idea to have a suggestions box in the office that you can check to understand your employee’s preferences. Group activities help build teamwork and increase communication amongst the employees. This will always lead to increased productivity.
Have some of the employees get together and come up with a funny company newsletter that highlights the lives of different workers in the office. Each employee can put their article or story in this newsletter that can be distributed monthly. This gives the employees the feeling that they are part of a big family and each begins to understand the other better.
Do a quick survey in the office and let the employees know that it is confidential and anonymous. Let your workers write anything they want, especially about the way they feel about working in the company.