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There has always been much talk of how you should and should not treat your employees in business, and it is a debate which still rages wildly in all kinds of industries around the world. You obviously need to make sure that your employees are going to be kept happy if they are to do the best possible work, and that means that you need to pay attention to a number of factors all at once. However, different entrepreneurs have many different ideas about what this actually means, and it can be hard to know whether or not you’re doing it right for your own employees. In this post, we are going to try and find those elements in this debate which seem to be of general agreement, so you can at least assume that your employees are going to be kept pretty happy on the whole.

Allowing Time For Themselves

Everybody appreciates it when they are given enough time in order to be able to truly relax and unwind, and when this basic need is not being met in the workplace it can easily lead to dismay and confusion. If you want your employees to be happy, you should make sure that they have sufficient break time each day, and that they feel as though they really can go and do whatever they want during that time. That second caveat is just as important, for if they don’t feel that way they won’t feel as though it is a genuine break time at all. They might want to play FF15, they might want to go to the gym – whatever it is, make sure they have time for it. Apart from being precious time away from the desk, it will actually help them to work better when they return to their desk.

Managing Workload

There is a balance that needs to be struck between giving your employees too much of a workload and not giving them enough. With the former, they will feel swamped and their quality of work will diminish. But the latter one means that they will be much less capable of feeling as though they need to be there. Feeling useless in a job is definitely not something that anyone needs, and it is the kind of thing which can easily make for a much less happy workforce on the whole. Make sure that you don’t’ allow your people to feel this way.

Praise & Reward

Just as it is in your interests to make sure that you punish the kind of bad behaviour you don’t want to see, it is equally as important for everyone and the business that you praise good work when you see it. Doing this will show your employees that you do genuinely pay attention to their work, and that you appreciate it when they do well. That will make it that much easier for them to enjoy their work and more likely to do it right.

Aggie Aviso

Aggie Aviso describes herself as her family’s storyteller and memory keeper. A mom to two kids ages 14 and 8, she is certainly past the age of sleepless nights and adorable pigtails. However, motherhood stays exciting, more meaningful and yes, more challenging. She takes it all in stride, knowing fully well that moments pass by in a blink of an eye. As Gretchen Rubin famously said, “The days are long, but the years are short.” She has discovered how wonderful it is to have those fleeting moments in time documented in their family books and has made it her personal mission and passion to be able to tell their stories for her future grandkids. You can read more about her here.. Subscribe to blog updates and the occasional letter here.