5 Simple Steps That Create a Happy Workplace
The happier your employees are, the more successful your company will be.
In a competitive marketplace, companies are always looking for a way to get ahead of the competition. Many employers look to increase productivity by paying workers more, but the most recent research indicates that employees may be looking for a less tangible benefit. To be specific, they want to be happy at work.
Follow these 5 steps for a healthier and happier workplace
Give Employees The Flexibility To Create Work-Life Balance
In our always-connected world, the line between work and home is disappearing. Many workplace experts see this as a bad thing, but it can also be a good thing, Eisenhauer says, if you use it to give people the freedom to take care of their personal lives. “Employees tend to be happier and more productive when they know they can take time during regular working hours to handle family issues such as a sick child or ailing parent, and that they can work from home when feasible.” Read how working from home benefits your business
Deliver Praise And Recognition Often
By offering consistent praise and recognition, your team will be excited and eager to contribute to company-wide initiatives.
Ask team members how they want to be recognised for a job well done. Send out a quick email or commence a team huddle to get their feedback on how they prefer to be recognised or complimented when and where credit is due. For some, it may be a quick “You did it!” shout-out during a meeting. For others, it might be a one-on-one positive feedback session.
The key is to be consistent. If a team member deserves to be recognised for outstanding work, tell them right away. Psychological benefits of recognition at work place
Invest in Your Team’s Personal and Professional Growth
Your employees need to constantly grow in order to feel fulfilled. When employees feel stagnant, that’s when many start scrolling through the job boards in search of something new.
Your team wants to be trusted. They want to be given responsibility because it shows that you’re confident in their abilities. Trust means micromanaging less, but also creating accountability to ensure things are getting done. How does micromanaging harm productivity?
Build trust, incentivize wellness, appreciate employees and implement the other suggestions above to create a happier and more productive workplace.
Make Sure You Hear And Act On Employee Concerns
One in four employees reports that conflicts arise due to communications breakdowns. So make sure there are clear systems in place that allow employees to freely communicate with each other and with you, and that you really listen to what they have to say.
But communication is only half the battle. If employees are telling you their problems loud and clear, but you aren’t acting to address those problems, you’ll have a bigger morale problem than if you had never asked for their input. So once you know what’s frustrating your employees, do everything you can to fix it.