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It’s been said time and time again – happy employees means happy customers. Employee retention issues are costly and significantly reduce the productivity of your workplace. It can take up to two years for a new hire to reach the productivity level of the employee they are training to replace. By keeping your employees happy, you can cut costs and start retaining talent, which is your biggest asset a business.

Be flexible

For most companies, they cannot drastically change the salary they’re paying all of their employees. However, little benefits are appreciated as well and having a positive office culture contribute a lot to employee happiness. Flexibility can translate to the workplace in several ways. For example, you might allow for a less-strict dress code. If you’re not willing to budge on a daily basis, try implementing a casual Friday or let your employees dress up during holidays. Try allowing employees the opportunity to work from home for some or all of their shifts. Some employees are more productive working from home than they are in the office.

Regardless of what you try, employees appreciate the flexibility of the office and the willingness to adjust some of the rules. Ask employees for feedback and see what changes they’d like to make and which ones are reasonable. Employees want to work in an office where they enjoy being, so letting employees shape the office culture is a great way to keep employees happy.

Allow them to excel

Most employees want to know that the work they do is high-quality and crave the ability to try out new ideas and work on something they’re passionate about. Give your employees the ability to refine their skills through training programs and leadership development for anyone who is interested. You can improve employee morale and retention by offering learning and skill-building opportunities to your employees through in-house programs or online courses. Your employees want the opportunity to do better. A recent Gallup poll states that 87% of millennials say that professional development opportunities are important to them. Encouraging your employees to develop their professional skills makes for happy workers.

Recognize their achievements

Employees want to be recognized for their efforts. When workers feel unappreciated, two-thirds of them are likely to look for work elsewhere. Recognizing your employees doesn’t have to mean throwing parties or handing out raises right and left, though staff parties and delivering appropriate raises can certainly help out your bottom line by solidifying the employee-employer relationship. Verbal recognition is the most underestimated form of employee recognition. Your employees will feel appreciated if you take the time to congratulate them on a job well done or recognize their hard work.