Happiness among employees plays an important role in the success of a company. Happy employees are more creative, more efficient and provide better work results, while sad workers tend to quit and destroy a team slowly. Moreover, happiness is infectious and is able to spread and affect the energy of the entire team. When a pleasant company culture is created, it maximizes the positive impact throughout the whole organization, which boosts the overall employee engagement and strengthens bondings among your staff. In this article, we are going to discuss the three main ways to create happiness for your employees.
1. Let people know they matter
Appraisal plays an important part in letting your people know they matter. Everyone would love to know they are valued, no matter what job they are doing. Give people feedback and let them know how you value their contributions, as well as how they can improve continuously and contribute more. Even your most humble and quiet employees appreciate being recognized for their hard work. However, we need to be careful in the way we celebrate their success. Some people would love to be appraised before everyone, while some would only need a compliment from you. Another important point is that we need to do it in a personal way, which means that no matter if you send your employees a handwritten note or mention them in a team meeting, you have to ensure to make it meaningful and sincere. Feeling recognized and appreciated in a wholehearted way contributes directly to the employee’s happiness and satisfaction.
2. Reinforce teamwork
During this pandemic when many firms have to let their employees work from home, many problems related to mental health are happening like anxiety, stress, and loneliness, which together can lead to a huge depression. Therefore, it is very important to have some bonding sessions after online meetings to help everyone have some space to talk and interact more with their colleagues. Sometimes the lack of communication when working remotely can destroy the whole team and decrease employees’ productivity and satisfaction. Thus, reinforcing teamwork can help the team understand and work more closely together and the work efficiency will be improved. For businesses that are opening as usual, creating spaces where employees can easily communicate and share ideas is vital. Casual conversations in the break room can become collaborative conversations. Thus, making these places inviting and effective, with nice furniture, tables, snacks and beverages will definitely contribute to collaboration and teamwork, which gradually boosts productivity and happiness among employees.
3. Listen to their feedback
Teams are formed with a diversity in backgrounds and characteristics. Thus, while working, everyone tends to come across some problems and issues that they cannot solve themselves, especially regarding their colleagues. Thus, besides reinforcing teamwork, we have to listen to our employees’ feedback and concerns. Great leaders demonstrate they care, and are responsive to employees’ needs. Finding out the problems in a timely manner not only helps the employees resolve them quickly but also lets the organization avoid unexpected big consequences. Many employees report that one of the most important elements of having a positive work experience is having leaders who are both present and accessible. Thus, it is always ideal to have a good leader by their side who can give them valuable advice to overcome difficulties at work.
All in all, increased happiness among employees will positively affect not only the employees but also the whole organization. During this time of the pandemic when employees are suffering from the pressure and stress from disconnection to their colleagues while working remotely, it is always a good idea to listen to thri feedback, let them know they matter and reinforce teamwork to ensure that everyone will stand strong together and overcome this difficult time.