A productive and happy work culture is one that is created not from the positivity and the cohesiveness of a group of self-motivated employees, but also from an entrepreneurial leadership style.

However, having the best of the two at the workplace is not always easy. While employers may adopt more engaging ways to better manage the staff, how employees respond to employer’s leadership style or engage with the company’s vision is a different story altogether.

To ensure that your staff are committing their very best into their job, here are 5 secrets to keep employees happy, and build an effective team for your company’s success.

5 Secrets to Keep Employees Happy:

1. Positive Energy

To reap the benefits of a happy staff, companies should keep the work environment fun and interactive. Where fun is concerned, it is about ensuring that there is positive energy surrounding the environment, and that the culture of inclusiveness and positive regard for everyone is in place.

Once you and your employees develop a habit of making each day positive, and making everyone feel included in team activities, you will begin to notice the elevation of the team spirit among your staff within your company.

Not everyone is or will be passionate in the job they take on, but as long as there is an inclusive and cohesive culture, your employees will find the drive to go to work every day.

2. Rewards and Feedback

Offer feedback on a regular basis — praise your staff when things are done well and correctly, and offer constructive yet positive criticisms when things are not well done. It is good to let your employees know what their strengths are as well as their weaknesses because doing so gives them a chance to improve themselves. When your staff are competent, chances are, they become more confident, motivated, and productive.

Compliments may be small to you, but it could make a huge difference to your staff and their self-esteem. Why not give this a try? — Surprise your staff one day with a breakfast or lunch treat, or give them a few hours of time-off from work on a Friday afternoon when targeted sales quota has been achieved that week, for instance. Small rewards goes a long way in keeping your company’s morale high and the work you do fun and engaging at all time.

3. Sense of Ownership

As humans, we desire to take control of our lives by being the driver at some point. People love to be heard; they love to be needed, and that is why tasking important responsibilities to employees is one way to retain them. In a way, you are sending an unspoken message that you still value them as a team player.

Appoint a staff to take charge of a project and have him or her delegate the remaining project tasks throughout that particular team. As long as every person in the company has an opportunity to be in the driver’s seat, the lines of boss and employee will be blurred and thus making the team more enthusiastic and cohesive.

4. Clear Objectives

Set clear objectives and gaols of what needs to be accomplished as a team. This is to ensure that your employees know the purpose and mission of their work so that they can take pride in what they are doing. It is important, as a leader, to connect what your staff do to the objectives and direction of the company by giving them a sense of accomplishment and purpose.

5. Conducive Space

If you are a visitor to an office space, walking into one would (almost) immediately give you a sense of how the environment is like, just by the looks and feel of the atmosphere, ambience, and of course, the mood of the people at work.

Creating a conducive office space for meetings, creativity and productivity for your employees is important because you’ll need a healthy environment where collaboration and consistent communication can take place.

This would mean that at certain areas of the office, one would have to ensure that whiteboards, comfortable tables and chairs are available, and that the seating arrangements are properly setup for different work purposes.

For example, you may want to have glass walls as “whiteboards” for creative discussions and brainstorming, comfortable seating lounge for networking purposes, or even a food pantry with beanbags and coffee table for staff to take breaks at.

By creating a conducive space and collaborative environment for your staff, you ensure that employees continue to work as a team.

When your employees are happy working where they are no matter what roles they play, you stand the benefit of retaining them and creating a team of productive, motivated, and enthusiastic professionals who will help you succeed as a leader.

Richard Branson was right and I shall quote him here:

“If You Look After Your Staff, They’ll Look After Your Customers. It’s That Simple.”