In today’s economic scenario, it is more crucial than ever for businesses to have happy and productive employees. When employees are loyal and involved in a company, profits are higher, customer relationships are stronger, productivity is greater, and the company’s prospects are ever growing. Equally, when people feel unmotivated or undervalued, a company deteriorates.

Furthermore, research shows that happiness boosts productivity in the workplace by as much as 20 percent. Employees that feel connected to their job skip less work, function better, are more supportive of changes and are generally enthusiastic to make them happen. This is because employees that feel happy are those that believe in a business, what it stands for, and as a result hope to grow with it.

Employees are to a business what gears are to any working machine, but when those gears and components don’t work in unison, or resist being moved, the machine as a whole will inevitably fall apart. Every year, disengaged workers cost the U.S. economy between $450-550 billion.

But keeping employees happy is no easy task. In fact, why don’t you ask yourself if you are happy?

And if you aren’t, you may be thinking you won’t have much luck making your employees happy either. The truth is, happiness requires work from within a person.

Don’t make the same mistakes as other companies, here are five ways to boost happiness at work and increase productivity at the same time.

 

1. Zing up your Office Space

Want to inject a bit more enthusiasm into your workers? Zing up your surroundings and start reaping the benefits with our guide to creating the best environment for your office.

Research shows a strong connection between happiness and the layout of your office. Having a well-designed office isn’t just about looking slick in the eyes of prospective clients and customers. Creating the best possible working environment also helps cultivate a workforce that is motivated, happy, engaged and effective.

Gone are the days of harsh lighting and bare walls. Office spaces are transforming into hubs of creativity, contributing towards an employee’s attitude and performance. After all, this is a place where many of us spend a very sizeable portion of our lives – so it’s no surprise the office environment makes a huge difference to how we feel about our roles and our work. Open-plan environments, plants, floor-to-ceiling windows with lots of natural light – these are just some of the design features that do improve productivity in the workplace.

Employees also value extra space, where employees can stand up to stretch or pace up and down while talking on the phone, allowing opportunities for physical activity.

As an owner of multiple businesses, I have come to realise that physical environment can serve as a foundation for effective work output.

 

2. Be a Flexible Employer

As a flexible employer make work-life balance a priority.  More than 38 percent of employees in the United States have missed important life events, and 60 percent blame their bosses for having a negative impact on their work-life balance because of a busy work schedule.

While showing up to work on time and completing all tasks in a timely manner is important for every business, it’s also crucial to show flexibility. By showing respect at work, employers must allow their employees respect for their lives outside of work.

Supporting a healthy work-life balance is not only important for health and relationships, but it can also improves employee’s productivity, and ultimately engagement.

While your business transforms, notice the areas that may need more help, it’s a great time to ask your staff their input. Ask your employees if by learning new or improve their skills in a designated area will help them with their work schedule. This will help motivate them to work harder and do their jobs fully.

 

3. Recognize and Reward Your Employees

Retaining employees is fundamental when aiming to boost productivity, recognising the hard work your team does can have a significant impact on your ROI.

Recent research has shown that 78 percent of workers work harder and are more determined when their efforts are being rewarded.

Besides this today’s work environment is dominated by employees in their early twenties. A well-thought recognition and rewards program is imperative especially in a business’s preferring rookies to bring fresh ideas to the mix.

Recognise accomplishments that benefit your company’s bottom line, and focus on expressing gratitude for actions that complement your business’s goals and strategies.

Rewarding employees who work the hardest and play the nicest at the office is a great way to increase productivity.

Why reward employees that don’t allow their egos to get the best of them?

As this maintains a healthy, fruitful company work culture. It will also help increase productivity.

 

4. Culture of Engagement

Corporate culture can define a business and make all the difference when it comes to retaining employees and having a positive impact on workplace happiness. With 64 percent of employees feeling like they don’t have a strong work culture, many companies are falling short in providing their staff what they need to succeed in the workplace.

The key is aligning people to the culture, by mindfully shaping people’s thoughts and beliefs around a common vision. This helps in keeping our people excited, proud and appreciative. Enlist, empower and encourage your employees in order for them to thrive.

Thriving culture supports a mutual understanding and respect for a company’s common mission, vision and values. This shared connection requires effective and open communication of news, changes, goals, and successes throughout their ranks and are inclusive in soliciting feedback.

People are the center of attention in In an effective company culture. Happy, supported people are productive, and productivity leads to higher revenue. When you make your business model about revenue as opposed to people, the culture becomes about competition and no longer about efficiency.

 

5. Respect your Employees

A respectful work environment brings enormous benefits to organisations. Employees who feel respected are more satisfied with their jobs and more grateful and loyal to their companies. They often are more resilient, collaborate more with others, perform better and creatively, and are more likely to follow their leaders.

Happiness at work is no longer just a make-believe concept, but it is being leveraged into many successful businesses.

By following these five steps you can increase happiness in the workplace and benefit from greater productivity.

We are here to support your employees’ happiness? Connect with Dr. Devnani & Associates to learn about the tools that can help your employees decrease stress, live healthier happier and at the same time boost your productivity.

 

 

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