Some companies have experimented with swanky office designs and outfitting their workers with shiny tech toys like smartwatches to keep talented employees happy, but local industrial-organizational psychologist Courtland Chaney says “attempts to make people happy” at work are misguided.
“We want to help people and organizations be successful,” Chaney says. “Our focus should therefore be on good management practices throughout the years. There is nothing unique about how to manage effectively in the New Year. As Nick Saban would undoubtedly say, ‘You need to focus on the process.’”
1. Create career paths for employees. Millennials are notorious for job hopping. By helping employees identify a career path and coaching them, employers will encourage employees to develop new skills and hone existing skills at their company. By keeping them engaged, they will not only deliver more value to the company and the customer, but it will also help them feel they don’t have to keep searching for new opportunities.
2. Equal pay and benefits. “Employee-job fit and employee engagement are significant factors in determining employee satisfaction or happiness,” says Chaney, “but compensation and benefits can make or break employee commitment to an organization.”
3. Focus on organization culture. A year after the #MeToo movement began, Chaney says it’s important for company leaders to not only express their ideal organizational culture, but to also “walk the walk” and conduct themselves in a manner that follows that described culture.