Take a look around your office, and what do you see? Do you see productive employees who seem happy in their occupation, or staff who are unsatisfied and struggling with their workload. If it's the latter, perhaps it's time to make a few changes to your small business.
Research has found New Zealanders are, for the most part, satisfied with their present job. In 2012, a survey carried out by Statistics New Zealand discovered that 85 per cent of the nation's employees felt happy with their occupation. However, as new generations of workers enter professional life, small business occasionally has to evolve along with them.
Rise of the millennial
Job satisfaction in the modern era goes beyond just collecting a pay cheque each week. Increasingly, young people are seeking a better work-life balance, and greater chances to prove themselves in the workplace. The new generation is also taking matters into their own hands when these demands are not being met, as Deloitte's Millennial Survey of 2016 found two-thirds of employees born after 1982 plan to leave their current job by the end of the decade.
These are troubling figures for any small business. Retaining enthusiastic, reliable staff is vital for organisations wishing to grow, so keeping employees satisfied and engaged is a constant challenge.
Tools to get the job done
Few office issues are more frustrating than having small business software that impedes your productivity. You and your staff need the tools to get the job done, and not inadequate solutions which are daily causes of stress.
Making sure you have a small business accounting system in place that's reliable and easy to use can not only make things easier for the person in charge of your finances, it can impact parts of your operation such as salaries and tax, project tracking and budgeting. Having all your financial tasks running smoothly can also have a positive trickle down effect throughout your whole organisation.