Fostering happiness in the workplace is one of the most important things you can do for your business. it has been found that some organisations believe that providing a good benefits, competitive salary, and professional development opportunities is considered to be enough. Sometimes, a simple “Thank you” – could be the mean the difference between a content employee and one with a foot already out the front door. You might find that happier employees are more emotionally invested in the success of the business, will create more effective work patterns, whereas unhappy ones will do the bare minimum and disrupt workflows costing you money and keeping your business from growing.
Keep Communication Open
This will look different in every company, but it’s important for your employees to know that there is a way for them to communicate with you and other people above them when they are unhappy or have a problem. You might have weekly meetings where employees are free to share their concerns, or even an anonymous suggestion box for employees to express themselves.
The other side of this is that you need to communicate with your employees as well, even if the news isn’t good. Studies have shown that employees want to know everything that is going on in the company, even if it’s going to have a negative impact on them. Although it may be hard, be sure to communicate with your employees so they’re always in the know.
Give Positive Feedback
Recent research found that a when receiving a “Thank you” from their direct manager, over 55% of employees got a high sense of satisfaction and achievement in their work. So as often as possible, give feedback to employees, even if they’re just doing their job. Sometimes, a simple thank you is all it takes to let someone know that you appreciate what they’re doing for you and for the company. When you are giving negative feedback, do so in a positive way by offering solutions to what your employee is doing wrong rather than just pointing out the problem.
Lead By Example
The happier you are, the happier your employees will be since they’re following your example. This might be the most important way to foster happiness in the workplace. On a daily basis, this just means remaining positive in all of your interactions, even if you’re not having the best day. It also means making sure you’re taking time to foster happiness in your own life so you can spread it to others.
It also means as often as possible, you should be taking steps to have fun with your employees, so go ahead and bring cake on birthdays and plan fun company outings. This will also help you get to know your employees more, which is another way to foster happiness in the workplace, as when they feel personally cared for, they will professionally care for your company.
Happiness is directly correlated with increasing the confidence levels of employees. Openly celebrating accomplishments can help raise the confidence level of employees. It could be anything from celebrating sales goals or social media follower numbers to an employee’s ten-year anniversary. Celebrations should include everyone. While some events may focus on a particular individual. You will find that one of the greatest ways to grow the happiness levels of a workplace is to ensure you share the celebration with the entire workforce.