Often when starting a business some owners get caught up worrying if the company will be successful enough to continue business throughout the years and forget that one big key to the success of the business is to make people want to work for you. Which is totally understandable!
However, the happier employees are at their job the best they will perform at their duties and do the best for the company.
To create that kind of environment, it will take a strong top down and bottom up approach and creativity and presence of mind. It will additionally take proper hiring practices and clear expectations.
Here are 7 steps to cultivate a Happy Workplace:
- Hire happy personalities
To hire happy personalities, it will take thought and preparation. It is completely natural to focus on achievements and past work experience, but is that what you should really focus on? Of course, everyone wants that for their business but ignoring personality at the time of an interview is a mistake. The best candidate on paper could be the worst one. Additionally, look for the following signs: energy, laughs, smiles, and a natural connection.
- Be community minded at work
Encourage employees to talk to one another even if it is a simple hi. Start by making it a policy to have your executives and managers make sure to take the time to say hi. Choose ambassadors from all different levels and areas of your company to do the same. Acknowledging people can change the entire atmosphere and make your workplace be a much nicer place.
- Get out of the work routine occasionally
Focusing on the big picture is a big key. We tend to forget about it when being too busy. Planning fun events to make the work place a happy environment is a great idea. Spontaneously giving employees some of the following things like a day at the amusement park, movie tickets, candy, and a massage can change their attitudes a lot more towards their jobs.
- Show that you care about your employees
Hawthorne effect? It’s the increase in productivity in the workplace when people feel that they are cared about. It is always a good idea to start off a Monday by asking employees how they are and in that way, you will also learn more about them. It does not mean that you have to take half a day or hours talking it just a simple reminder to ask the “how are you”.
- Encourage some selfish talk
A secret to being happy at work is to encourage people to have personal career goals. For instance, when people feel that they are working toward something, the day-to-day politics and stresses of the workplace don’t matter as much. Every challenging day can be tolerated because it is a means to a personal end. You learn to forget about the negative when you are reaching a personal goal.
- Focus on the positive
It is hard not to get caught up in the negative when making mistakes and trying to figure out what when wrong but turn that around and look at the positive. It does not mean to ignore what needs to be improved on, it just means look at the good to find the good. If you look at the bad, you will always be stuck there and it will just get worst.
- Giving back with your employees
Every company should look into giving back to the community or the world in some way. If ypur company does something to give back to the community or the world employees will feel connected to greater good. Find out what employees care about and get their input on how to accomplish that goal.
Thoughtful actions = happy work environment
You can have a happy workplace if you take the time to make it a happy workplace. Hire happy people. Don’t get caught up in focusing on the negative and make sure to do the little things that make a difference in people’s lives. It won’t be a major cultural change at first but I can promise you that slowly but surely, your workplace will become a better place and people will do better work and that should make you very happy.