From Productivity to Payroll, Increased Employee Satisfaction is Key

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In the fast and dynamic world of small businesses, where every team member’s contribution is crucial, employee satisfaction isn’t just a “nice-to-have” element, it’s a basic tenet of what can hold the entire business together. For a small business, the loss of just one employee can have a huge effect on the operation of your business. Understanding and fostering employee satisfaction can dramatically impact your business’s success, influencing everything from productivity to your bottom line. This is particularly true when it comes to how you manage payroll—an essential yet often underappreciated aspect of small business management.
What exactly is Employee Satisfaction?

In short, employee satisfaction refers to the level of happiness, contentment, and fulfillment that employees feel towards their workplace. In a small business setting, this could mean feeling valued by their employer, having a good work-life balance, being compensated fairly, having a path for professional growth, and meshing with an organization’s corporate culture. It’s a crucial indicator of how well your business is doing in keeping your team motivated and committed.

The good news for small businesses is that employees are generally happier than at larger companies. And, for good reason according to the Aflac Small Business Happiness Survey:

  • 65% find working at a small business less stressful than a larger business.
  • 25% perceived a flexible work schedule as the biggest benefit of working at a small business.
  • 32% say “feeling like a family” is the best part.

And companies care. Employee happiness is very important to company leadership for 55% of those responding to the survey. But, why does this happiness matter? What is the potential impact of unhappy employees? Read on for help with these important business issues.

Why Does Employee Satisfaction Matter for Small Businesses?

The impact of employee satisfaction means much more than workplace harmony. Remember the old ad campaign tagline great cheese comes from happy cows? It means that happy employees produce a happy work product, happy interaction, and happy environment overall. (We realize we’re not talking about cows, but you get the idea.)

Here’s why every small business owner and manager should be prioritizing employee satisfaction:

  • Reduced Costs and Turnover: High employee satisfaction significantly lowers turnover rates. Recruitment involves time and money. By maintaining a satisfied workforce, you save on these costs substantially. (And employee retention stays solid.)
  • Increased Productivity: Satisfied employees are more productive. They are motivated to work harder, contributing positively to the business’s goals.
  • Enhanced Customer Satisfaction: Satisfied employees often lead to satisfied customers, especially in service-driven sectors like restaurants, healthcare, and retail.
  • Lowered Stress: When employees are content, workplace stress levels can dramatically decrease, leading to a healthier work environment.
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How Can Small Businesses Increase Employee Satisfaction?

Here are some practical tips and methods to boost employee satisfaction for small businesses:

  1. Transparent Communication: Keep lines of communication open. Whether it’s company news or changes in policy, a well-informed employee feels valued and respected.
  2. Fair and Competitive Compensation: Ensure your pay rates are competitive within your industry. This is crucial in sectors like food services and hospitality, where job options might be plentiful.
  3. Regular Feedback and Recognition: Employees in all industries, including professional services and healthcare, thrive on recognition and constructive feedback. It makes them feel that their work is meaningful and appreciated.
  4. Professional Development: Offer training and development opportunities. This could be through workshops, courses, or scheduled training days, particularly in industries where continuous professional updates are necessary.
  5. Work-Life Balance: Encourage a balance that helps employees manage their personal and professional lives effectively, especially in demanding environments like retail and food and beverage.
  6. Reliable Payroll System: Use one employee payroll platform for not only time and attendance tracking, but to access, manage, and process payroll from start to finish. Minimal payroll hiccups build trust, transparency, and employee satisfaction. 

Granted,there are numerous ways you can address these in your business and these are only a few of them. For many small businesses, employee pay rises to the top. Focusing on how you pay your employees is an easy and effective way to avoid satisfaction pitfalls with those running your business and taking care of customers.

How does payroll impact employee satisfaction?

Many small businesses face significant challenges in managing payroll effectively, which can tip the scales on employee satisfaction profoundly. 

Some of those challenges include:

  • Payroll Errors and Tax Issues: Mistakes in payroll processing can lead to incorrect tax filings, resulting in penalties and frustrated employees.
  • Late Payments: Delays in payroll processing creates delays for employees with critical and timely financial obligations—which can severely impact employee trust.
  • Lack of Accessible Pay Information: Employees often struggle with accessing their pay information which can create lack of visibility and uncertainty.

According to the American Payroll Association, 72% of U.S. employees would experience financial difficulty if their paychecks were delayed by one week. For employees depending on the stable cadence of payroll, getting a late paycheck can definitely shift employee satisfaction if they’re not able to depend on a timely paycheck. And 54% of Americans have experienced pay problems, according to the Workforce Institute.

Payroll Platforms Matter for Small Business Employee Satisfaction

The platform you use to process payroll is one of the most important elements of running your business. Having one unified platform for time and attendance—and payroll—you’re able to save time and money, improve your overall payroll process, and reduce your business expenses. uAttend’s Cloud-based Attendance System gives business owners access to all punch data anytime and anywhere, as well as the ability to process payroll fast without ever leaving uAttend’s platform. 

Here are the benefits:

  1. Unified Access: Small business employees can access their pay information on the same platform they use for time and attendance.
  2. Ease of Use: Employees can securely submit their personal information, making it easy to start using the new payroll system.
  3. Data Availability: Employees can access their pay details anytime, including W-2 information, pay stubs, and pay history.
  4. Early Payment: earlyPAY is available for businesses that enable it within their uAttend account. With earlyPAY, employees can get paid before the regular pay date.

Getting paid early may not necessarily be viewed as a common payroll matter but it has a great impact on employees. 56% of workers express they would stay longer at a job if they could get immediate access to their earned pay at no cost. That’s good reason to implement an easy solution.

It’s clear how important it is to address employee satisfaction, especially for a small business. And, fortunately, there are easy ways to build happiness, longevity and productivity with your employees.

If you’d like to learn more about how you can increase employee satisfaction, just let us know. We’re here to help simplify payroll for your business with an integrated time & attendance, and payroll solution.

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