EMPOWERING EMPLOYEE HAPPINESS
A culture of happy employees is what every organization should strive for. Studies show happy employees work harder, are more invested, and are better ambassadors for your brand and organization. This leads to better employee retention and measurably higher rates of employee productivity. While happiness can be subjective, the results of employees who are happy about their work is undeniable. Here’s what we learned makes an employee happy.
Passion is the core for any productive office. Ask any successful company leader and the first thing you will hear about is passion for what they do. It’s passion that drives them every day. As a company, passion is important because it preserves excitement from one project to the next. Passion is a huge part in what makes an employee excited about the work they are doing and should be instilled in everyone -- from the leadership team, all the way down to each employee.
To really get the benefits of a happy staff, companies should keep things positive and fun at work. Not everyone is going to be happy every day, but have you heard that old saying, “fake it till you make it?” Well, this applies to a positive attitude too. Once you and your employees get in the habit of making each day positive, you’ll start to notice how little things no longer drag the whole team down and the spirit of the team is elevated.
Offer employees praise on a regular basis when things are done correctly. When they aren’t, offer constructive criticism in a positive way. Letting your employees know what they’ve done right (or wrong) helps them gain confidence in what they are doing. Confidence equals happy employees. And happy employees equal higher productivity.
Small perks go a long way in keeping things fun and morale high. Try surprising your team by bringing in breakfast one morning. Take your employees to an unscheduled lunch or create a flexible schedule option to allow half the team to leave an hour early on a Friday afternoon.
Create an office space that is conducive to meetings and creativity. Allow several collaboration spaces with whiteboards, tables and chairs, so it’s easy for people to work together. Different seating arrangements can be setup for different types of meetings to take place. These can include walls with whiteboards for creative brainstorming and drawing, a table and chairs for reviewing documents, or a comfortable seating lounge that can be used for more conversation and networking to take place. By offering a collaborative environment, you ensure employees keep working as a team.
Put someone in charge of each project and have them delegate the project tasks throughout the team. Each new project can be assigned a different team leader, so that everyone has the opportunity to be in the driver’s seat. The purpose of designating leadership is to create a stronger sense of team by blurring the lines of boss and employee.
Companies with clearly defined goals allow each employee to connect what they do to the objectives of the company, giving them a sense of accomplishment and purpose. Having a clear direction and understanding of what needs to be accomplished by each employee and collaboratively as a team, sets employees up for success.
Employees who are happy to come to work each day create better value for their company. They take pride in their work, the company they represent, and the team around them. This means they are motivated to exceed expectations.
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