Last week, we blogged about why companies should strive to maximize their employees’ happiness. This week, we’ll touch on how you can do just that.
It may be easy to say you understand that your employees’ wellbeing is important, and that you’re able to cater to it, but it can be difficult when you’re busy worrying about customers, vendors, managers, supervisors, etc. to lose sight of that. You may also think that the plan you already have in place works, and the way you’ve always done things will continue to be effective.
Well, in case it isn’t (or even if it is), here are a few things you can offer to increase your employees’ happiness:
1. TRANSPARENCY. The goals, vision, and state of the company should be clear, explicit, and visible to each and every employee. An employee survey from TinyPulse even found transparency to be the top contributor to employee happiness.
2. DEVELOPMENT. A major source of Millennial workplace satisfaction is the feeling that we are not just doing our job, but that we are learning and developing along the way. We want to feel that, in the long run, we will be able to draw from what we are putting in and getting out each and every day. A 2016 Pew Research Center Survey found that 87% of respondents believe ongoing training and development opportunities are critical throughout their working life.
3. UNITY. Wherever they are working, in whichever department, people want to feel that they are a necessary part of something bigger. One way to improve that feeling is encouraging positive interaction on a social level among team members. Says Larry Sternberg, co-author of Managing to Make a Difference, “Help employees develop close, positive relationships with each other, so they’re working every day with good friends.”
4. BENEFITS. According to Bobby Hotaling, president and CEO of The Hotaling Group, “There are many ways to supplement salary by assisting employees in other areas of their lives. It is important to [provide] higher benefits so your employees know that you truly care about them.”
5. DISCUSSION. You should be regularly talking to your employees to solicit more ways for them to feel happier. Says Kiera Lawlor (whom we’ve previously mentioned), who conducts monthly happiness meetings as the Director of Happiness at marketing agency The Social Chain, “The idea is to find out what can make their experience here better.”
These are just a few of the myriad ways you can make your employees feel appreciate in their work. When they feel appreciated, they’ll feel more engaged, which will allow for improved productivity and performance. That right there is the definition of a workplace that doesn’t suck.