Do your employees feel valued?

New research conducted by CV Library has found that 39.7% of Brits dislike their current job. The survey of over 1,000 UK employees also revealed that of those who aren’t happy at work, almost two thirds consider quitting on a daily basis.

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When asked the reasons why they were so unsatisfied with their job, 34.8% felt there was a poor culture within their business, and 28.6% were bored by their role, however an overwhelming 48.8% said they dislike their job as they felt undervalued by their employer.

As leaders, making your team feel valued needs to be a up there with your top priorities. Research shows that employees who feel valued tend to be much more engaged in their work and performance.

Not only will it benefit your organisation on a financial level by reducing absence and boosting engagement and productivity, it will also have a positive impact on employee well being.

Here are a just a few of the many ways you can make your employees feel valued at work…

  • Genuinely Care

Spending time with your employees and getting to know them is probably the easiest and most effective way of engaging a team. Learn about their families, interests and goals in order to develop a strong rapport. This is a simple thing that can make your employee feel like their presence in the workplace is known and that you care about them as an individual.

  • Communicate Goals

A recent Perkbox study revealed that just 41% of UK employees feel aligned with their organisations goals’, yet only 87% wanted to become more aligned.

By engaging your team with a common goal and feeding back how they are helping to achieve it, your workers will feel not only a sense of accomplishment, but you will be laying the foundations for a dedicated and loyal team.

  • Listen

Taking time to listen is a vital skill when it comes to good leadership.

If you are able to listen with an open mind, your employees will be more willing to have important and honest conversations.

Staff are vital when it comes to producing ideas for improving a business and making your organization more productive. Remember to follow through on any promises you make though, as this will reinforce that your work place promotes a culture based on trust and honesty.

  • Create new opportunities

Pay attention to employees’ interests and aspirations; if someone is eager to learn about another department or area of the business try to accommodate their ambition by organising an opportunity for them to get involved. This could mean spending some time shadowing a member of the department they are interested in, or encouraging them to take up extra responsibilities where possible, in order to open up a new path for progression.

  • Be Approachable

The tone of a workplace is set by leaders, and a good way to make sure that it is a positive one is to be approachable.

Productivity can come to a grinding halt and a small hitch can become a big problem when employees are unsure of what to do or how to handle a mistake and don’t feel comfortable asking for help. When a Manager is approachable and understanding when the team need help, loyalty and honesty tend to increase as well as productivity.

  • Say Thank You

This sounds obvious, but it is surprising how often saying a simple “thank you” for a job well done can be forgotten. Remembering to acknowledge employee’s achievements can go a long way and is an easy way of reminding your employees that they are valued.

 Written by Jenny Headington

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