How can I better create a productive, healthy, and happy work environment for my employees?

Some not-so-obvious management techniques are commonly overlooked and undervalued in work environments, but go a long way in endearing employees to their companies.

Some not-so-obvious management techniques are commonly overlooked and undervalued in work environments, but go a long way in endearing employees to their companies.

For example, creating small talk and showing a personal interest in your employees makes them feel valued and appreciated. Also, sharing a company's story to explain how it came into existence and why it embraces certain values creates unique bonds between employees and their company. It also instills an invested interest in the business.

Although some employees see extra work as a burden, others view an increase in responsibility as a reward. More often than not, this shows that a boss is happy and confident with a staffer's work. It also displays trust.

Last, but not least, it is important to hire individuals that fit the company mold. Every business has a specific personality. Allowing employees to have a say in the interviewing process can create company pride, not to mention maintain a business' unique character.

Michelle Smith is president and CEO of m strategies.

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