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Keep Morale High during the Holidays

Keeping the morale of your employees high during the holiday season should be one of your first priorities. Let’s face it – the holidays are not always a joyful time for everyone. The holiday season can lead to stress and even depression. Perhaps an employee is feeling the stress of not having enough money for gifts. Maybe one of your workers is having trouble dealing with the holidays after a divorce.

There are many reasons why the holidays can have negative effects on employees, including how they feel about their jobs. When workers are having trouble at home dealing with stress, depression or other matters, it can affect their work. For instance, if they are feeling stress over money, they may blame their job for the lack of finances. An employee morale survey will help you gauge the morale of your employees and determine any areas in which you can offer assistance.

Surveys do more than just ask a series of questions with no real value. The surveys from Insightlink Communications seek to find out the root of the problems. If your workers are feeling a certain way, our surveys will help you determine why. Only when you know why something is occurring can you do something to change it. Contact us today to learn more about our selection of employee surveys and the benefits of each survey.

Together, we can help you find out how your workers feel about their jobs and, perhaps, assist them in getting through the holiday season.  

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Why You Should Choose Surveys

If you have disengaged employees on your staff, you need to address this problem as soon as possible. When your workers are disengaged, they are going to be less productive. Disengaged employees do not care as much about their jobs as other employees. They are not as concerned with productivity, or even quality. This is because they are working a job – and that’s it. They do not care about their jobs; they care only about earning a paycheck. They take less pride in their work, and this lack of pride leads to reduced productivity.

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Keeping Employees Happy during the Holidays

Keeping Employees Happy during the Holidays

With the holiday season upon us, it has never been more important to gauge the overall satisfaction of your employees. The holidays can be a stressful time for anyone. It is the season of giving, and this means that it can be hard on a person’s wallet. It is also a time when family gathers together, which can sometimes lead to stressful situations. As an employer, you need to take the time to make sure your workers are still feeling good about their jobs, especially during this stressful time of the year. You can do that by offering employee surveys to your workers.

Surveys work by utilizing various questions to gauge an employee’s thoughts and opinions. Through surveys, you can find out if your workers are satisfied with their jobs. For instance, if your employees are feeling grumpy about wages, especially during the holidays, the surveys will reveal this. The surveys will also help you determine the reasons behind their feelings. Surveys offer employees a way to let their employers know what they enjoy about their jobs – and what they dislike. With this information, you can be proactive and do what is necessary to make their working environment better.

Here at Insightlink Communications, we offer various types of surveys for this purpose. After your workers submit their surveys, we will create a report for you detailing the results. You can use these results to keep your employees happy. Happy employees make the best employees, so take the time to ensure yours are happy.

 

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Tips to Find a Survey Company

Finding the right employee surveys to use for your business does not have to be difficult. Yes, there are lots of companies out there that offer these kinds of surveys. Finding the best one is easy, as long as you know what to look for in a survey company. Here are some tips to help you get started.

·      Do diligent research on each company. You need a company that specializes in employee surveys. A specialized company like Insightlink Communications has one focus – to create the best surveys to help businesses gauge employee satisfaction and attitude.

 

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3 Ways Humor Boosts Workplace Productivity and Engagement

A rigid and serious working environment doesn't necessarily mean your employees are more hardworking andjoin handsyielding higher output. In fact, a Robert Half International survey provides evidence that supports the opposite – 84 percent of surveyed execs believe that employees who have a good sense of humor perform better at work, according to Forbes.

A lighthearted workplace actually improves productivity, and of 2,500 employees surveyed across various industries in an Australian study, 81 percent of employees believe a fun work environment would increase productivity, highlights the essay "Humor in the Workplace: Anecdotal Evidence Suggests Connection to Employee Performance." Humor produces the following three specific workplace benefits that enhance overall business productivity and company engagement.

Health

Good humor and good health are inextricably linked. Keas, a leading engagement platform for employee health and wellness, released its First Annual Employee Happiness Index that includes a poll of 762 surveyed U.S. employees participating in the Keas employer health program. The index found that 92 percent of employees participating in a corporate health program experience job engagement and happiness, which is "triple the rate of the national average," according to Keas.

Although a nutritious diet and active lifestyle contribute to optimal health, a good sense of humor can just as significantly support better health. Giaim Life, "Your Guide to Better Living," reminds us that a deep laugh lowers blood pressure, relieves stress, releases endorphins and promotes a positive outlook. Employees who experience reduced work-related anxiety and stress also experience reduced work-related tension and boredom. As a result, an employee continues to concentrate and focus on a repetitive task or high-pressure project.

Connections

Those feel-good endorphins released by laughing also connect employees and build bonds. A team that shares a sense of humor and jokes can similarly share ideas, commit to a common goal and communicate openly. Support a united team while motivating employees by getting into the holiday spirit as the end of 2013 approaches. As a team-building event, spread holiday cheer and take silly department photos. Then use the pictures to design unique Christmas cards to festively decorate the office. Ask teams to dress in ugly holiday sweaters or wear reindeer ears or a Santa hat. Treat employees with sweets like peppermint bark or Christmas tree brownies.

Happiness

A positive and fun work environment where people can freely (yet appropriately) joke not only encourages team bonding, but higher employee job satisfaction. A happy employee is a hardworking employee, and humor helps fuel that happiness.

Humor is humanizing and puts people at ease. Humor boosts morale and builds trust. Humor inspires creative thinking. Welcome humor into the office by promoting an atmosphere where employees can happily be themselves and comfortable expressing their humorous side. Supervisors can encourage people to be funny at work by finding humor in the moment, breaking an awkward moment with silliness, using moderate self-deprecation, and responding to others' funniness, suggests Erika Andersen, a Forbes contributor.

 

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Keeping Employees Engaged During the Holidays

 

When you are busy hiring new people to come on your staff, it is easy to overlook those that are already working for you. The holiday season is here, and that means that many businesses will be hiring extra help for the holiday rush. If you are one of those businesses, it is essential that you do not forget about the employees you already have. Yes, you need to focus on training your new employees to help you through the madness surrounding the holidays. However, with new workers coming in and business increasing, now is a good time to make sure the rest of your employees are still happy with their jobs.

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The Importance of Fair Compensation

When you offer an employee satisfaction survey to your employees, you are going to find out a myriad of information. You will find out exactly how your workers feel about their jobs. You will find out which areas need improvement and which areas are fine just the way they are. Surveys give you the chance to be the kind of employer that everyone wants to work for – an employer that cares about his employees, an employer that listens, and an employer that is not afraid of change.

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Gain Insight to Increase Productivity

If you feel like some of your employees may not have the right attitude about their jobs, then it is time to give your workers a survey. An employee attitude survey is the fastest and easiest way to gauge how your workers feel about their jobs. Knowing this kind of information may not seem important, now – but imagine how much better things would be if everyone had a positive attitude at work!

Productivity and job satisfaction are linked. When employees are happy with their jobs, they are more productive. When they are unhappy at work, they are much less productive. Surveys can help you find out just how happy or unhappy your employees may be feeling. Think about it. If you have ten employees and five of them are unhappy with their jobs, half of your staff is being less productive. Imagine how much productivity would increase if all ten of your employees were happy.

When a person feels good about what they are doing, they are going to do more, and they are going to do a better job. Here at Insightlink Communications, surveys for employees are our specialty. Through the use of our surveys, you can gain valuable insight into the minds of your workers – and use that information to make needed improvements. Contact us today to learn more about the benefits of our attitude surveys and how they can help you improve your business.

With happy employees, you will see increased productivity – which means a more successful business for you.   

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Get to Know Your Employees


Have you ever taken an employee satisfaction survey while working for a particular company? If so, you know that these kinds of surveys provide valuable insight into the minds of the employees. Now that you are a business owner, it is essential that you make an effort to understand your workers, especially how they feel about their jobs. Employee surveys do more than just let you know if a worker enjoys his job. These surveys tell you exactly what a worker likes about his job. It also lets you know the specific things a worker does not like about his job. These surveys provide employees with a safe, anonymous way of being truthful with their employers.

Once you have your employees take one of these surveys, the rest is up to you. It falls on your shoulders to read through the surveys and gain insight into the thoughts and feelings of your workers. It also falls on your shoulders to implement any necessary changes – changes that could help your workers to feel more satisfied with their jobs. These changes may be things as easy as adding a designated smoking area. On the other hand, they may require more effort, such as offering a better benefit package or paid vacation time.

The bottom line is that surveys give you the information you need to keep your employees happy. Happy employees are productive, because they care about the company for which they work. If you want to improve productivity at your business, contact Insightlink Communications and learn more about our selection of employee surveys.

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Why Surveys Are Beneficial to Business Owners



There are many benefits to offering employee surveys to your employees. One of the main benefits is that you will gain insight into how your workers feel about their jobs. Another benefit is that you will have a starting point for making changes. When you have your workers take a survey, you can expect to find some honest answers – and those answers will not always be easy for you to understand. That is why you must try to put yourself in the shoes of your employees. When you read over their survey answers, try to see things from their perspective – and make any feasible changes to ensure that your workers are happy and satisfied with their jobs.

Many businesses do not offer surveys to their workers. By failing to communicate with their workers through surveys, these businesses are missing out on valuable information. They are also sending a message to their workers, a message that says the business comes first, not the employees. Think about it: would you enjoy working for a company that never wanted to know how you felt about your job? Would you enjoy working for a company that always put their own needs first, over your needs? Probably not. This is why it is essential that you offer surveys to your employees, and why you must take action with the results. Contact Insightlink Communications, today, to learn more about the usefulness of surveys for the success of your business, and let our experts help you get started with your first employee survey.

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