Christy Skojec Taylor

Christy Skojec Taylor

Four steps raise employee satisfaction

By Christy Taylor Skojec
Business Columnist

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Employees want to love their jobs, and it’s up to employers to help make that happen. In the past 10 years, research has made it abundantly clear that happy employees benefit their companies. Here are four ways to make that happen:

  • Bump up compensation – You might not be able to buy love, but employees’ salaries and overall compensation packages affect their feelings toward their employers.

“The more attractive the package, the more employees will feel engaged with the organization for which they work,” Garry Spinks, co-founder of a human capital and marketing analytics firm, told Forbes magazine. “The result is a more productive workforce and a positive boost to the organization’s bottom line.”

But, this really even goes beyond just engaging employees; it can be a deal breaker. Forbes has predicted, “2015 will be the year of choice for employees and choose they will. Employers might not have a choice but to raise wages if they want to prevent people from leaving.”

  • Bring equipment up to date – Gifts always are a good way to someone’s heart, and for many employees, the simple gift of updated software or an upgraded computer might be just the key. According to a survey by PGi, a global provider of collaboration software and services, almost 20 percent of employees surveyed want better technology from their employers in 2015.
  • Cancel those meetings – Alone time is important in all relationships, and that includes the workplace. The majority of employees, especially top performers, are sick and tired of attending meeting after meeting.

“American businesses waste an estimated $37 billion each day on unnecessary meetings, with employees suffering as a result,” says an article from Inc.com.

  • Support employees’ personal goals – In order for workers to love and support their employers, they need to feel supported in return. That support also needs to extend to employees’ efforts to meet personal goals as well.

A writer for Entrepreneur magazine cited a personal example of team members saying weight management and exercise were big personal goals for the year: “My company then arranged for its employee benefits to include a gym membership and health allowance.”

PGi’s survey also reported that more than one out of 10 employees hoped to pursue education opportunities this year, which gives employers the opportunity to extend tuition reimbursement programs and accommodate class schedules through flex time.

Christy Skojec Taylor is co-owner of Express Employment Professionals in Rocky Mount.