Keeping Employees Happy without Paying Higher Salaries

Your employees are the lifeblood of your business. Depending on how you manage them, they can also be the death knell to your business. We all know what happens when we discount employees with little to no work ethic. We do everything in our power to weed out such candidates.

It is not so much that good help is hard to find, it is that good help is hard to keep. Acquiring good help costs a little more up front. But you can only pay so much in salaries, bundles, and spiffs. Putting more money directly into the pocket of good employees is a temporary solution that will not scale. At some point, the employee will demand more money than you can afford to pay. You also have other good employees making the same demands. There has to be a better way.

Fortunately for you, there is. The key is to utilize solutions that benefit all employees rather than just the handful of lucky ones. You don’t have to offer a higher salary to keep good employees. Whether you are on the fast track to a successful online business, or something more traditional, here are some other things you can do that will work equally well:

A VIP Break Room

Let’s face it: Your employees take breaks. And breaks are extremely important. How you treat their downtime is almost as big a deal as how you treat their work time.

This means that the break room is almost as important as the workspace. Break room services, such as office snack delivery, are vital to the smooth operation of a typical office. If workers are routinely losing money in machines that do not properly vend or are typically out of stock, that makes for frustration in the workplace.

They will often feel compelled to go elsewhere for basic snacking, thus prolonging their allowed break time. Taking break room snacks seriously is one of the easiest and least expensive ways to keep all employees happy.

Breaks contribute to productivity:

“A recent study performed at a call center reported that more than 50% of workers who took regular breaks increased their performance more than 33%. These workers were able to handle larger volumes of customers, providing them with accurate information and assistance.”

Choice of Platform

For many people, Mac or PC is not just a generic question for super fans on technology discussion boards. It is a matter of being productive or nonproductive at work. It used to be that the only computer a person worked with for anything was at work. Today, everyone has a preferred computing platform. It is not just a generic gray box.

Study after study confirms that the total cost of Mac ownership is less than that of PC in the office due to training tech support and longevity. Cost is not the reason. We also know by now that Macs and iOS devices slot perfectly well into corporate infrastructures.

What you may not realize is that the Mac and iOS have unparalleled built-in support for accessibility. Denying one’s platform of choice may be denying a person the ability to do their job effectively. The platform wars died a long time ago. You will have happier and more productive employees when they can use the platform with which they are most comfortable and familiar.

Work from Home

Right now, Apple, Amazon, and Disney are making a push for hiring people who will work from home. Just because some companies were not able to make it work does not mean that others haven’t achieved great success with that strategy.

Not everyone will want to work from home. But some people have to due to health, transportation, or care-taking responsibilities. If your top employees find themselves in a position where commuting to the office becomes a barrier to their employment, consider making it optional to work from some place else. It can be the difference between keeping a great worker and losing them to a more forward-thinking company.

It is easy to just pay a person more money to keep them happy. But that is unsustainable. Provide a VIP break room, a choice of platform, and an option to work from home. Your top talent will thank you with many productive and profitable years of service.

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