“It is not how much we have, but how much we enjoy, that makes happiness.” – Charles Spurgeon
The secret to a more productive workplace isn’t really much of a secret at all. In fact, it should be pretty obvious. However, many employers struggle to motivate their employees and enact long-lasting change that positively affects productivity. So what is this not-so-secret workplace secret? Happiness.
According to a study by Bright Horizons, employees with high morale are simply more productive and 89% more likely to put in extra effort and work extra hours. To put this seemingly unquantifiable idea – increased productivity – into a numerical value, researchers at the University of Warwick claim that happiness makes people roughly 12% more productive.
“The driving force seems to be that happier workers use the time they have more effectively, increasing the pace at which they can work without sacrificing quality,” explains Dr. Daniel Sgroi of the University of Warwick’s the Department of Economics.
No, the million dollar question – how do you increase happiness?
3 Tips to Increase Workplace Happiness
Let Employees Express Themselves
“Happiness depends upon ourselves.”
Self-expression is very important. While you probably can’t let your employees wear whatever they want, you can allow them to express themselves in other ways, such as decorating their office space. Let your employees display pictures of their family members. Let employees hang posters. And let employees be themselves. It’s that simple. Of course, you have to make sure that everything is done as tastefully as possible.
“When employees feel that the company takes their interest to heart, then the employees will take company interests to heart,” says Dr. Nelson, a clinical psychologist, bestselling author and business trial consultant.
Know Your Employees
“Most folks are as happy as they make up their minds to be.”
– Abraham Lincoln
One way to better morale is to break down management barriers and make yourself available to your employees. By doing so, you will help build trust and loyalty and, of course, happiness. Your employees will feel closer to the company and feel as if their contributions matter, which brings us to our next point – feedback.
It is not enough to simply make yourself available to your employees. You must also provide some sort of value. We are talking about giving feedback – positive and negative. Let your employees know that you see what they are doing and that you will reward hard work.
Get Out of the Office
“If you want to be happy, be.”
– Leo Tolstoy
If you want to boost happiness in the office, get your employees out of the office.
“Working in an office can be a very sedentary job, so it’s especially important to your overall sense of health and happiness to take a few minutes during your workday to get up and move a little,” says Jason Bergund, founding director of Dancetherapy
And if a few minutes is beneficial, think of what an afternoon of fun and excitement can do. A corporate retreat is a great way to reward your employees for all of their hard work while also instilling several valuable lessons.
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