In today’s rapidly changing business world, employees play an essential role in key business operations and a business’s journey to success. Their contributions and involvement translate into better growth opportunities for businesses.
In all these, your work environment plays another crucial role. It reflects upon how fulfilled, motivated and productive employees are about their job responsibilities. From the psychological well-being of employees to their engagement levels and productivity, the significance of a happy workplace cannot be undermined.
Employees are always on the lookout for a great company to work with. It’s high time that managers grow concerned with employee happiness in the workplace and retain their best talents.
What is Workplace Happiness?
Happiness, in general, is subjective. It is associated with the positive emotions of joy, contentment and gratitude experienced by a person in their life.
Similarly, workplace happiness is subjective, and it is difficult to define it for all the employees forming part of our organisations.
What we however know is that a happy workplace encompasses employee productivity, flexibility and contentment. Organisations that prioritise employee happiness and create a healthy workplace observe high levels of employee engagement, enhanced creativity, improved teamwork and increased employee retention.
How to Create a Happy Workplace: 7 Must-haves
Throughout the years of my experience in leading SBL Corp, I have seen how a happy workplace is the foundation of engaged and productive employees. At SBL, we realise the importance of creating a happy workplace and have strived hard to build a more vibrant working culture.
If you are also looking to build an engaging and fulfilling work environment, consider the following seven must-haves of a happy and engaging workplace:
1. Create a Diverse and Inclusive Workplace
A positive workplace is one that celebrates diversity and promotes inclusion. It’s about cultivating a culture of respect for all the employees hailing from different socio-economic backgrounds.
People are inspired to go to work where they are happy, engaged and valued. When employees feel valued, heard and supported, they are more likely to bring their best selves to work.
2. Acknowledge the Achievements of Employees
An unhappy workplace reflects distracted employees. It usually happens when managers don’t take the time and effort to show that they care about employees and appreciate them for their accomplishments.
Recognition and appreciation are two powerful tools for employee motivation. All your employees deeply desire is an acknowledgement of their hard work and a celebration of their achievements. Employees who feel appreciated and recognised are more likely to be productive and perform better.
Appreciating and rewarding your employees goes a long way, as it radiates the sense of pride and fulfilment throughout the people of your organisation, contributing to overall job satisfaction.
3. Offer Work-life Balance Support
Striking a healthy work-life balance is essential to achieving an engaging workplace. Reasonable working hours and flexible schedules are a must-have for an employee’s well-being.
The promotion of a balanced life results in engaging and creative employees. Remember, employee satisfaction is the ultimate key to a successful organisation.
4. Provide Opportunities for Growth
Growth opportunities improve an employee’s sense of well-being. As a manager, it is your duty to invest time and effort in the growth and development of your employees. Only when you foster connection with your employees, they are likely to see a future with your organisation.
A happy workplace culture is, thus, created when employees receive timely training, mentorship opportunities and a clear path for career progression.
5. Empowering Leadership
Leaders set the tone for the entire organisation. Effective leaders are those who inspire, communicate transparently, and foster a positive working culture.
As a leader, empower your employees to make decisions and be all ears to the issues they are facing. An empowering leader not only instils in employees a sense of responsibility and accomplishment but also contributes to the overall vibe of the workplace. Remember, effective leadership is a primary driver for business growth.
6. Create a Collaborative Culture
A culture of collaboration is the magic ingredient to improving employee productivity and reducing turnover. A company that prioritises collaboration establishes deeper interpersonal relationships.
Encouraging a sense of community makes a notable difference within your workplace. Promote team-building activities to create a collaborative and positive work culture that builds strong mutual trust. When people enjoy the company of their colleagues, they’re more likely to look forward to coming to work each day.
7. Undertake Employee Wellness Programs
People prioritise working in an environment that promotes a healthy lifestyle. Implement wellness programs for your employees and provide them with easy access to mental health resources.
Employees are likely to stay associated with a company where they not only find a sense of purpose and fulfilment while working but also where employers are concerned about the health of people.
A happy workplace drives exceptional employee performance. When employees are happy, satisfied and feel valued, they put their best foot forward for the growth and success of your organisation. Incorporate these seven must-haves in your workplace and keep your employees happy!
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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
1. How to make employees happy and productive at the workplace?
Happy and satisfied employees actively contribute to the organisation’s growth. To create a happy and productive workplace, acknowledge the hard work of your employees and appreciate their achievements. Recognition programs enhance an employee’s quality of life at work.