Happiness at Work: Which Things Make Your Employees Happier?
When people in employee relations execute a “social listening scan”, there is always more sentiment pertaining to pressure or performance than happiness at work. This is especially true for people in more demanding jobs like advertising, manufacturing, consulting and auditing, among others. It is quite easy for employees to feel the pressure of fulfilling their tasks efficiently and on the dot, and this can take its toll on them especially if their company does not introduce initiatives to foster happiness at work.
A happy workplace creates a positive impact internally and externally. When a company is known to have a good work environment, potential hires tend to get attracted by the prospect of working for it. Even better is that employees will make it know to their family and peers, adding to their company’s credibility and desirability in the outside space.
Here is a great exemple of how the CEO Zappos is delivering happiness at work:
As we just saw creating a happy workplace is a win-win situation for a company. It creates a positive vibe among employees, making them more innovative, productive, less likely to resign and engage and conflict. They become better team players and more effective leaders. For a business, this means more and better quality outputs, better sales and higher overall profit. Sounds ideal, right?
However, ensuring happiness at work, like other any other development program, is easier said than done. If you are an employer, it is worth noting that a strong desire and continuous effort with top down and bottom up strategy will take you far. Here are some practical pointers to help you get started.
- Beef up your workforce by hiring happy people. When interviewing candidates, employers typically look into a significant amount experience, awards and achievements as deciding factors. There is no doubt that these are all important, but personality should also be taken into consideration. Happy people have an infectiously positive outlook that can influence others in the workplace.
- Make everyone feel that you care. Encourage employees to take pride in what they do by paying attention to their accomplishments, whether big or small. Be generous with compliments. A quick tap on the shoulder from the big boss means a lot to an ordinary employee who did his best.
- Allow them to take a break. It is a no-brainer to say everyone needs a break. Let your employees catch up on their lives, meet friends, go places and explore something new by encouraging entrepreneurship. Make them feel that they deserve a few days off of work after a job well done. They will surely come back with ideas and work much happier and refreshed.
- Occasionally break work routines. Employees, regardless of rank, work towards achieving company sales or revenue targets. While companies are not mandated to reward employees for excellent work, a reward can make all the difference when it comes to job satisfaction. Every once in a while, surprise your employees with perks. Treat them to a team building day, organize a start-up/innovation weekend or create a provision for a dedicated office playroom. Though simple, these efforts make them feel like they are valued, thus promotes happiness at work.
- Support continuous learning. They may not have enough guts to open it up, but all employees yearn to learn something fresh. Allow them to advance in the company by sending them to workshops and conferences that can enhance their skill set. Encourage everyone to be leaders in all ways possible and regardless of their positions.
- Encourage open communication. Create an atmosphere of transparency by provide constructive feedback whenever possible, and encouraging employees to do the same. This fosters appreciation of tasks done, understanding of errors, and collectively working towards improvement.
Here is also an extra video on the surprising truth about what motivates us by RSA