Happy workers are productive workers. This is a well-known fact yet some business owners and managers tend to ignore it. Instead many believe a roll up your sleeves and get stuck in attitude is all that is required from employees.
However, research carried out points to a positive connection between workplace happiness and productivity.
In fact, a study carried out by John Rampton reveals that happier employees are more sociable, more energetic and healthier, and take fewer sick days than unhappy employees. These studies demonstrate that employee morale impacts productivity and the bottom line.
Rampton suggests that senior leaders and managers can raise the happiness quotient of their employees in a number of ways, including:
- Recognizing that becoming a better manager, leading by example, communicating more effectively and collaborating with your team can make everyone feel happier and more engaged.
- Getting to know your employees better can help you understand how to boost employee satisfaction and motivation.
- Promoting a positive culture by encouraging employee teamwork and collaboration.
- Recognizing, rewarding and appreciating employees for achievements and milestones, from actual awards and gifts to a simple acknowledgment and thanks.
- Designing workspaces for maximum comfort and productivity using lighting, color, and furnishings.
- Providing perks such as gym memberships, healthy snacks, quiet spaces for work breaks and the option to work from home occasionally.
Employees Need To Take Action
The responsibility of an employees happiness shouldn’t rest with the company alone.
Research also carried shows how an employee can boost their own happiness with simple methods like meditating for 2-5 minutes a day, lending a hand to co-workers and eating healthy snacks.