Updated: Sep 8, 2022
Numerous studies over the past 20 years have shown that happy staff bring positive business results. The idea of 'happiness at work' is something most managers would want to encourage within their workforce. But how do you as a manager achieve, and retain, a state of wellness within your team? Achieving balance within your organisation won’t be an overnight success, but let’s look at a few ideas to use as a starting point for promoting happiness at work.
Encourage collaborative working:
Working within a team is great, however, some of the the most innovative ideas can stem from cross collaborative working. Meeting with other departments within the business can allow for better problem solving, idea generation and create an overall sense of 'team' across the organisation. Having cross functional meetings also allows employees to better understand the roles and responsibilities of other teams across the organisation, allowing them to feel generally more connected to the business and gain knowledge on what makes other business functions tick.
Creating a safe, open environment to voice ideas is an ideal way to drive innovation. No question is too silly or idea not worth considering. By letting employees voice opinions and thoughts openly, and giving the freedom to make these ideas happen, employees will likely feel empowered and more motivated.
Understand what drives the individual:
When looking at your overall team, it’s easy to assume that because your employees have similar skillsets and job roles that they all think the same! Wrong! Understanding what drives the individual whether that be money, time, promotion or just being happy in the here and now, are key to creating a happy team. During one to one meetings ask your employees if they’re happy with their responsibilities. What are their short and long term goals? How can you as a manager help them achieve this? It is possible to help them carve their own business plan that still aligns main business goals and objectives.
Allow for flexibility:
Where possible allow for flexibility. If the business needs allow, why not give the staff the option to choose their start and finish time? Some people may feel most productive in the mornings as opposed to afternoon come early evening, for others vice versa. Allowing employees to have control over their schedules can lead to higher job satisfaction.
Promoting a culture of happiness at work can organically lead to better wellbeing across an organisation. Do you want to learn more about how we can help increase wellbeing within your organisation? Get in touch today - firstname.lastname@example.org