If you are running a Small Business then you have the power to determine whether the people working for you are happy and like working for you! If you want people to be productive and stay with the company here are a few tips to keep spirits high!

It’s work not an endurance test. Let people go home at a reasonable hour and if it’s viable let them work from home occasionally. If they have put in extra time and all the work is up together, let them have the odd afternoon off.

Make sure your facilities are up to scratch. Make sure areas such as the toilets and kitchen areas are kept clean. Having a fridge, kettle toaster available

Tell people what’s going on. If there are large scale plans for the business, such as an office move or change of senior personnel, keep people informed. It’s important they know about big changes that could have an impact on them.

Lead by example. Don’t expect your staff to do anything you are not prepared to do yourself.

Allow them to be involved in decisions that affect them.

If people know what is expected of them in their job then they will be more productive and feel happier. They’ll also be more loyal to the company.

Keep the lines of communication open. Be approachable and make sure your employees know that your door is always open if they need to talk privately.

Tell people when they have done good work.

Praise and recognition were one of the most important factors in motivating employees. Everyone likes to be appreciated, and a pat will be remembered long after you have forgotten giving it.