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5 EASY WAYS TO INCREASE WORKPLACE HAPPINESS FOR YOUR EMPLOYEES

Happiness at work is not a myth. 

Your employees really can be happy, healthy, and fulfilled in their professional lives.

While you may not need to hire a Chief Happiness Officer – yes, that’s an actual job — you can make tweaks to boost workplace happiness. Not only is a happy workplace a nicer atmosphere for everyone who enters, but it also makes productivity levels shoot through the roof.

Happy Employees are generally:

  1. More productive
  2. Better problem solvers
  3. Sick less often
  4. Equipped to deal with stress better

1. CREATE A STRONG COMPANY CULTURE

Your company culture is all about what you say, do, and work on every single day. It’s the “feel” of your office, so to speak. It’s how you treat one another, customers, and the community. The mission of your company is deeply entwined in your culture. By sticking to those mission words, you define your company culture. 

How to do it:

Give them their “why” – Help your employees focus on “why” your products and/or services are important. While they should know the features, it’s more motivating to understand how it can change others’ lives. 

2. ENGAGE EMPLOYEES

We all want to be heard. That’s especially the case of employees. If an unhappy employee thinks their opinion won’t count, they’ll remain silent and nothing will change. Engage workers to get a better understanding of what’s happening within the company that’s of concern, working well, etc. 

 How to do it: 

Ask and engage – Regularly request input, opinions, and reviews. Follow-up with individuals who are unhappy and happy. Ask for feedback on how the workplace culture is impacting them positively or negatively.

3. ENCOURAGE AND SUPPORT DOWNTIME

Employees need to disengage from work during breaks and downtime. Leadership that embraces this aspect of a workplace culture generally have an easier time getting employees to follow suit. Doing so allows for creativity and productivity to flourish upon returning to work tasks. 

How to do it: 

Breaks should be a time to physically — and mentally — break away from work. Create a break room your employees actually retreat to during breaks. Add a mini library, fresh fruits, healthy snacks, and comfy chairs to unwind in.

4. HELP EMPLOYEES FIND PURPOSE OUTSIDE OF WORK

Employees need to have a healthy work-life balance in order to feel refreshed and relaxed. Balancing work and play enables time for creative thinking and problem-solving that can’t always be done during structured work time. All of a person’s purpose shouldn’t be focused on work. 

How to do it:

Help them ignite their passions – Ask and encourage employees to find a passion outside of work and help them pursue it. Support employees with information about local activities. Bring in fliers for local events and classes and leave them in the break room.

5. PROMOTE WORKPLACE WELLNESS

When your wellness committees make it a priority to focus on employee health on a regular basis, happiness automatically jumps. When you feel well, your mood improves and you have energy to do the things you love with enthusiasm — inside and outside of work. 

How to do it:

Encourage nourishment and physical wellness- Provide healthy snacks and break areas that allow employees to bring their own healthy foods. Motivate them to start exercising, or arrange a morning exercise session at the office which is free of cost for all employees to attend.

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