Less than 10% of French people say they are deeply involved in their work, according to a study conducted by Le Point magazine in 2017. 51% of employees find their workload excessive and 36% have already experienced burn-out, according to the national survey launched by the CFDT*.

Despite such percentages, the study also shows that two out of three employees like their job. Figures that are puzzling… In a context where the retirement age continues to be pushed back, how can you stimulate your employees while increasing your turnover? We give you some keys to revive your employees’ love of work!

1. Listening

Between work overload, lack of autonomy or the feeling of discontent, some employees report a lack of consideration on the part of their hierarchy. It is therefore important to stay tuned to better understand everyone’s needs. Why not propose a flexible work schedule to an employee with outside obligations to show your involvement and thus encourage theirs?

It is also important to encourage employees because we all aspire to a certain recognition that allows us to stay motivated while strengthening our sense of trust.

2. Sociability

Well-being breaks with masseurs at PepsiCo or a relaxation room with table football and a swing for Digitaleo employees … There is no shortage of ideas to make the workspace more sociable, but you still have to make the effort to put them into practice.

So like Mailinblack, don’t hesitate to reorganise your premises by providing a relaxation room with stylish and colourful furniture, comfortable beanbags, access to a TV, etc. An employee who feels good at work is a more productive employee: it’s been proven! Once again, you prove to them that you care about their well-being and their quality of life at work and this will only reinforce their daily involvement.

3. Cohesion

7 hours a day and 5 days a week is the average time we spend with our colleagues. In other words, they are among the people we spend the most time with in our daily lives. If there is a lack of understanding and cohesion, things can quickly become complicated. Do we really want to work with people we don’t like or don’t even know?

Following the example of Société Générale, which has established a rock band with 15 of its employees, take the initiative and encourage your employees to spend time together. You can, for example, plan a picnic between noon and two, a football game in the evening or even after-work activities to decompress together. And why not hearty breakfasts to start the day and put a smile on your employees’ faces? At Mailinblack, we love it!


4. Break

In June 2018, Forbes magazine published a study showing that “brief, regular breaks encourage concentration.”** The brain needs to take breaks and there is evidence that working without stopping degrades performance.

Offer your employees the right to take real breaks so they can disengage for a few moments before returning to their jobs rejuvenated and more productive 😉

5. Values

Whatever values ​​your company claims (respect and trust, transparency, know-how, etc.), it is essential that your employees share them as well. Identifying with your values ​​reinforces the feeling of belonging and gives your employees the desire to invest and participate in your company’s growth.

To convey your values ​​to your employees, don’t hesitate to set an example! If you advocate communication, it is important to take the time to talk with your employees, keep them informed of current projects and especially take into account their ideas and feedback. Also remember to plan seminars or kick-off meetings outside your premises with activities that will easily convey the values ​​you advocate!

In short, an employee who feels good at work is a more productive employee; it’s common sense! It is then up to you to act by improving the workspaces so they are more user-friendly, by being more inventive to create cohesion and especially by listening to each one of your employees.

By being involved in your employees’ professional life, you encourage them to be more involved in the company’s life.


* Confédération Française Démocratique du Travail (French Democratic Confederation of Labour)
** According to Alejandro Lleras and Atsunori Ariga, psychology professors at the University of Illinois.