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Steps help employees love their job

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Christy Skojec Taylor

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Christy Skojec Taylor
Business Columnist

Monday, November 14, 2016

Employees want to love their jobs, and it’s up to employers to help make that happen. In the last 10 years, research has made it abundantly clear that happy employees benefit their companies. After all, it’s not surprising that workers who enjoy their responsibilities, like their work environment and admire their employers are going to perform better.

These steps can improve those areas in your company:

— 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. The result is a more productive workforce and a positive boost to the organization’s bottom line,”  Garry Spinks, co-founder of a human capital and marketing analytics firm, told Forbes magazine.

— 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. Inc.com reported a survey by PGi, a leading global provider of collaboration software and services, showed that almost 20 percent of employees surveyed want better technology from their employers. Old, outdated equipment can leave employees feeling frustrated and undervalued, and that’s not good for performance or retention.

— Cancel meetings — Alone time is important in all relationships, and that includes within 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,” Inc. com reported

In fact, the article names wasting time in meetings as one of the top three things businesses should stop doing this year.

— Support their personal goals — For workers to love and support their employers, they need to feel supported in return. That support needs to bolster their efforts to meet personal goals as well as meet workplace ones.

A writer for Entrepreneur cited a personal example of some 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,” he said.

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

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

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