Happiness In The Workplace

By Maria Alhais

All companies want happy employees. And all employers want to be happy. The importance that happiness in the workplace holds means much more than simply a happy person working in your company. A happy worker has a higher probability of staying in your company. Workers who are motivated also tend to perform better than those who are not. 

But let’s look at some facts and figures that will help you better understand the importance of happiness in the workplace. Let’s take a look at this article dated July of 2019. Research of more than 600 US businesses with 50-500 employees showed that 63.3% of companies say retaining employees is actually harder than hiring them. 

This worrying number not only affects the well-being of your internal organization- in which employees will come and go and that can decrease the trust of the internal management- but this ‘’employee turnover’’ will also cause you higher costs in rehiring talented staff.  

But how can you create an organizational environment that will help your employees’ well-being? 

There are many ways you can adapt to your company, according to the monetary resources you are willing to spend on.  

Chief happiness officers

Firstly, we have the new-found role of chief happiness officers. In its essence, there are Human Resources employees dedicated to making your workers happier. And how? By encouraging them while listening to their necessities, planning activities such as company dinners, office parties and so on. This, however, should be applied for long-term periods.

The Hawthorne effect 

Frequent communication between higher hierarchies and the employees will definitely transform into an increase of happiness in the workplace. This, of course, will lead to an increase in productivity. People will be happy to know that you take some time to find out how they are doing lately. 

Be community minded at work 

Encourage your employees to be friendly with each other. This needs to start by the upper hierarchies, hence this will motivate the rest of the workers to be friendly. Simple things such as encouraging people to say ‘’hi’’ to each other can really help to build a healthy working environment. 

Give back to your employees 

Show that your employees are heard. Implement the use of ‘’suggestion boxes’’, promote monthly debates about the internal working organization. Find out what your employees believe it’s important to achieve your company’s goals.  

Remember that a company’s success depends a lot on your workers’ trust in the company. Happy workers will help building a healthy work environment!