Look around your office and take a guess at how many people are happy with their full-time job. According to a survey conducted and summarized by CBS Moneywatch, 51 percent of America’s 100 million full-time employees aren’t engaged at work which means a good chunk of the people you work with (or even you) aren’t really engaged in the work you do. But what can you or companies do to help employees reap the happiness others might get from their job? We’ve outlined a few simple ideas to help boost employee happiness, that won’t break the bank.
Use positive messaging:
Whoa, innovative right? The words we choose in the workplace can play a huge role in employee happiness whether we realize it or not. Moving forward, consider using positive messaging with co-workers or employees. Become more personal, encouraging, passionate and empowering. See if you can tell a difference in the way people interact with you.
We were all taught to say thank you at a young age, but how many of us say thank you in the workplace? Even the smallest amount of recognition and thankfulness can go a long way when it comes to saying thank you to your employees.
Employees like to feel heard so it’s up to the employer to stay receptive and encourage feedback. Most employees tend to be happier when they are a part of the decision-making process and that their ideas are valued and respected.
Lead by example:
Practicing healthy habits and maintaining an optimistic attitude can help inspire happy employees. While not every day can be stress-free and full of positivity in most cases how you view unpleasant situations that can trickle down to your employee’s perceptions.
Make small upgrades:
These upgrades could be as simple as updating your breakroom or switching to a vending management company that will not only help bring better snack options for your employees; but could also provide services you didn’t know employees would like. The small change could result in a new selection of snacks and refreshments or even an office coffee system for your employees which in turn can boost productivity and happiness.
Encourage healthy work-life balance:
Work and life balance can play a key role in employee happiness. Employee’s need to feel their personal lives are valued just as much as their work life. Consider offering flexible hours, or allow employees to work from home when needed.
Why is employee happiness so important? Besides combating stress, happiness in the workplace can result in fewer aches and pains both physically and mentally. Happy employees also take fewer sick days than their unhappy co-workers and can help boost office morale.