Employees are often your biggest investment and largest asset. The happier your employees are, the more your company benefits. Here are 7 benefits of a positive work environment with happy and engaged employees.
For most companies, employees are your biggest investment and largest asset. They cost more money than any other business expenses you have. They also represent the potential for huge benefits—to your bottom line, your work environment and your overall impact on the world. The happier your employees are, the more your company benefits.
Benefit 1: Reduced risk
Happy employees understand that you’re concerned for their well-being. If you provide guidance about workplace safety, such as how to behave around machinery or how to avoid trip hazards, they will adopt a culture of safety as well. You’ll have lots of eyes looking out for potential risks, minimizing certain safety issues and eliminating others altogether.
Benefit 2: Fewer claims
If a workplace injury does occur, happy employees strive to get back to work as quickly as possible. They don’t want to cause any more trouble than necessary. When it comes to workers’ compensation claims, happy employees tend to be fast, fair and friendly. An unhappy employee, on the other hand, is much more likely to take advantage of the situation. They might be out of work longer or sue for additional compensation.
Benefit 3: Dedication to a common cause
If you have happy employees, they look forward, not backward. They identify their position in the company and how they can enhance it and improve the company. They have motivation to do well. That motivation carries on to other employees and to your organization overall.
Benefit 4: Increased camaraderie
There’s a natural tendency for teamwork when you have happy employees because everyone has the same goal: to maintain a positive working environment. Happy employees have good attitudes that spread to others. This camaraderie improves productivity, innovation and idea-sharing.
Benefit 5: Better service
Your team’s good attitude will rub off on your customers and vendors as well. When someone does something nice for a happy employee, they are compelled to pay it forward. It doesn’t take long for your company to gain a reputation as a great place to do business.
Benefit 6: Better quality product
Happy employees take more care in everything they do. They go above and beyond to improve the quality of your products and the reputation of your company. Happy employees are also more likely to make recommendations to improve your offerings.
Benefit 7: Higher retention
Having happy employees means less turnover, which saves you money in recruiting and onboarding. It also leads to fewer firings and the resulting costs and hassle that come with termination.
Simply put, keeping your employees happy pays off. Find time to care for your investment. By meeting with your team members one-on-one, you can understand their needs and any concerns. The insights you gain will help you proactively maintain a positive working environment that leads to all these benefits and more.
The Risk Advisor Team is on a mission to help your business thrive. Contact us to talk about steps you can take to make your employees happier, minimize risk and run a more profitable business.