*** This is an article I wrote for work that I wanted to share ***
Generally when we think about our responsibilities as bosses and leaders, “workplace happiness” is not the first thing that springs to mind.
Supervising – yes. Analysing, reporting, developing strategies, employee selection, growth of the company – absolutely.
However most managers would feel that people’s happiness at work does not come into the equation. Work is tough – work is about effort and achieving goals. Happiness is about having fun.
However this point of view can have serious drawbacks, and is a misrepresentation of what happiness is really about.
By addressing your employees’ happiness in the workplace you can help your business to survive and thrive – and give it the leading edge in retaining employees.
What is happiness about?
It’s about creating and responding to opportunities around you.
When we feel happy, it broadens our range of responses to situations, and increases our confidence and skills. For example – when we smile, we send out signals that we are approachable. This leads to greater opportunities for meaningful communication and networking with others. It builds our relationships.
Feeling happier also leads us to feeling more creative – which can have very beneficial results in the workplace.
It also boosts workplace performance. If you are happy, you will work harder and produce better results.
How do we make our teams and staff feel happier in the workplace?
Firstly we need to ask them! Consider taking a survey of your staff to get a baseline of their workplace happiness and satisfaction.
Once you have those results, consider what tools you can create to support and inspire your staff.
There are many strategies you can implement – both small and large – to increase your employees happiness.
Positive feedback – all employees want to know that their efforts are being firstly noticed, and secondly being appreciated. It doesn’t take much to give positive feedback and boost your employees’ morale.
Provide challenging – though attainable – goals. Staff want to feel that they are contributing to the company and making a difference. There is not much worse than stagnating in your job, and watching the minutes crawl by everyday until 5pm.
Share a laugh with your staff. One way to really bring a team together is to share some light-hearted time together. Laughter really is the best medicine!
Creative a positive culture. Actively encourage your employees to share small successes and positive stories. For example – a really great meeting with a client; a satisfying outcome to a work issue or complaint; or even something positive that is happening in their personal lives. Make it clear that you value hearing those experiences, and share them with your entire team.
Workplace happiness really comes down to plenty of DRAMA:
A positive environment
Keep in mind: happy workers stick around longer, bring more energy and enthusiasm to their tasks, and help maintain organisational morale.