When it comes to job satisfaction, Filipinos have more or less the same views with their global counterparts as to what makes for a happy workplace.
Two factors, namely salary increases and job security, are often on the top list of employee concerns. The Job Happiness Index Report 2017, however, reports that Filipino workers are feeling less happy and optimistic about their jobs this year compared with their outlook last year. In 2017, Filipinos’ job happiness index in the workplace fell to 4.97 and job optimism dropped to 4.98. In 2016, these indexes were at 5.25 and 6.15, respectively.
HR executives are quick to point out that happy employees offer several advantages for the business. When employees are feeling at ease with what they’re doing, they register higher productivity, efficiency, and utilization numbers. Business owners and employers would, then, do well to create an atmosphere where employees’ welfare is valued and prioritized so that they will care for their job more.
If you are running or starting a business in the Philippines, be sure to work on these tips to increase the overall positive spirit in your organization.
Cultivate a Positive Office Culture
The organizational or team culture is one of the first things that employees “rate” about their employer on their first day.
A positive office culture is one where every single employee feels they are being welcomed to the whole unit. Your employees would appreciate it if you tried to get to know more of their views about work and life. They consider this as their chance to be heard among other employees in your organization.
To further cultivate a culture that your employees will be proud of, there should be plenty of engaging activities that promote collaboration and cooperation among small and large groups in the team.
Create a Productive Environment
Employees need to be provided with tools that will help them perform their tasks effectively. From personal or laptop computers to office chairs and desk lamps, all these have to be chosen carefully for their ease of use and complete functionality.
Be sure to give them access to online portals containing commonly used files, orient them thoroughly about work flow and the system of communication and feedback, and set expectations reasonably.
The general rule of thumb is that there should be no gray areas when it comes to job responsibilities and accountability in the office.
Make Them Feel Valued and Appreciated
Employees who are performing exceptionally will feel more encouraged if you thank and praise them appropriately, as this adds to their self-worth and self-confidence. You may reward them with a simple incentive whenever they exceed performance goals or are able to introduce innovative ideas and systems into company operations.
As for struggling employees, help them do better through mentoring. Try to identify which part of the job is giving them a hard time and give them enough opportunities to improve instead of letting them to fend for their own.
Offer Competitive Employment Packages
A comprehensive employment package is one of the easiest ways to attract high-value employees and encourage them to stay with the company.
A competitive basic salary, medical insurance coverage, transportation allowances, subsidized meals, educational assistance, bonuses and profit sharing are just a few of the many ways you could compensate your employees that will really keep them happy at work.
Provide Trainings and Career Growth
Whether your employees are assigned technical, administrative, or creative roles, they could all benefit from further trainings to keep them up-to-date, especially with the technological trends that are sweeping across industries these days.
A stagnant career, on the other hand, with no opportunities for professional growth could only make your employees feel disengaged, disempowered, and unmotivated.
Get Them Involved
Whenever you have decisions to make, especially those that directly affect your employees, be sure to get their two cents. Conduct anonymous surveys or polls so that they could freely give their insights without fear of judgment or repercussions.
Every year or so, invite your employees to go over the company’s handbook of policies with you and engage them in a dialogue about any changes they would like to propose. When there’s an open line of communication between you, your managers, and your employees, you get to pool all your ideas together and choose the most favorable for all stakeholders.
Lastly, don’t forget about the fun stuff, too. Spend time with your employees in team building activities or just plain destressing activities like holding a family day, sports competitions, and the like. Employees need time to unwind to feel recharged upon resuming work.
As employers, it’s important that you know what your employees value the most in their job. This is very helpful in bringing about success for your company, especially if you’re still in the early stages of starting a business in the Philippines when you need to do everything right.