It is now a convincing factor that when management provides a constructive workplace for their employees, the employees are empowered and when they are empowered, they become more productive and creative, that’s why many companies are now making a paradigm shift from their conventional standpoint of “company first, followed by the workforce” into “empowering the workforce first for the company to succeed”.
Managing stress in the workplace
The evidence of mounting stress in the workplace is not conducive for a favorable productivity output, therefore, management must be sensitive to see these signs and must establish an open door policy for workers to be allowed to elevate their work problems, resulting to stress, to management, so that a compromised solution may be worked out, by both management and workers, on how to deal with work stress in the workplace.
Management must be able to address carefully the workload of the workers, which is the cause of work stress in the workplace, without losing on productivity, such that a deliberation among middle management can be consulted on how to breakdown the workload by identifying what work must be prioritized and delegating some of the load.
Providing company benefits to workers
The basic benefits that a company should provide to their employees are stipulated by law, such as complying with all workers’ compensation requirements; withholding FICA taxes from employees pay checks and employer pays own portion of FICA taxes, using this to provide employees with retirement and disability benefits; complying with Federal Family and Medical Leave (FMLA), and added benefits, coming from the company, can be offered, like providing health plans, dental or vision plans, life insurance plans; providing paid vacations, holidays or sick leave; therefore, when a company observe all these benefits, expect that there is high retention of employees in the company.
Employees are motivated, as well as empowered if the company provides them with quality employment training programs, such as teaching them on new concepts, new technologies, improved skills, etc. and this staff development provision will eventually make the company profitable with the high productivity output and performance of the employees; therefore, it is critical to develop employee training within the framework of a comprehensive, continuing, and consistent training program.
Providing a happy work environment
A company can be creative in making their employees work environment a happy place by following these measures: hiring happy people who have a pleasant and positive attitude can make the workplace happier; encouraging employees and management personnel to greet one another daily since this good habits builds a sense of community in the company; bringing staff and employees out of the work routine, such as providing them chair massages, company outing, etc. will make workers more happy with these added perks in their work; showing care on the employees with a personal visit by the company president and corporate level will make the employees feel that they are valued; providing programs that encourage employees to have personal career goals, which can help them be complete as individuals; encouraging the attitude of paying forward in the community, such as being involved in community development outside the company and this will motivate employees to have a sense of mission.