When employees are loyal and engaged productivity increases and the business benefits. In this editorial I have outlined a number of ways that can help keep employees happy and hopefully motivated, providing a more harmonious workplace. 1/ Gratitude is key, it’s the most cost effective morale boost any employer can give. 2/ Ask employees about their job, ask what they enjoy about the role. Also listen to concerns and what could be done different. Take into account their opinions and if where applicable make any changes. Your employees will appreciate that you have listened and are willing to make changes. 3/ Consider giving your employees the day off on their birthday. This can be a welcome incentive especially if the employee achieves set targets or KPI’s [key performance indicators]. If a full day is not possible then consider a half day as an alternative. 4/ Another way to help ensure employees feel valued is by communicating to your workforce the work they have undertaken, it’s a great way to offer praise. Such an incentive can increase morale and will help to ensure the individual concerned continues to perform admirably, ensuring consistency throughout. 5/ Transparency is key - ensure that you regularly communicate to staff business developments, updates about the company and anything else that is both business related and of course important. 6/ Keep employees working - nobody wishes to be bored whilst at work. Keep job roles varied, provide tasks that are challenging. Also if applicable, invest in training, this is a sure way to motivate employees when investment is made to expand their key skills. Remember to introduce a HR clause that enables you to recover the costs of training should an individual leave your employment within a short timescale of training. 7/ Try not to micromanage your employees, allow them the opportunity to be able to perform the job and make decisions themselves. 8/ Consistency - make sure that you business is a fair workplace. All benefits should be equal, work demands fair and rules in place applied to all employees.