Happiness is often not something that people associate with their employees and team, but it can be a great way to ensure that you have a hard working team around you. Taking into account the job role, and the environment are all well and good, but you also need to learn about different personality traits and what might help people be more successful in their jobs. Happy people tend to work harder, because they are content. So how can you encourage that as a manager or business owner? Here are some suggestions.
Team Bonding and Events
Team bonding and team events can be a great way to encourage more happiness in the workplace. It could be as simple as organizing a night out for everyone to socialize, or actually having a day out of work for you to do team bonding activities. These normally include recreational activities and also icebreaker events where you can encourage employees, especially quieter individuals, to come out of their shells a little bit. It can be a great morale booster.
Be an Approachable Leader
As a leader, an employer, and perhaps even the company owner, you may not be as approachable as you might think. People associate themselves with rank, and they may find that you, as a business owner, might not be interested in what they have to say, what they have to offer, or how they are even feeling. Try to get rid of this stigma and be more approachable. It could start with you showing an interest in your employees. Remembering names and partners, or even children, and simple questions of seeing how someone is. It could make all of the difference.
Ensure Your Employees Are Protected
Another thing that you can do is ensure that you protect your employees. Happiness is sometimes achieved because an employee feels valued for the work that they do and feel enthusiasm for the things they are doing. There are many ways you can protect your employees from looking at workers compensation insurance cost to making sure they are paid correctly. Commissions, bonuses, and fair pay are also essential to have a happy workforce. Regular feedback can also be a great way to open up the line of communication.
Create a Positive Atmosphere
Positivity is one of the areas that every entrepreneur and business owner will want to focus on, so creating that sort of environment will be key. It’s all about communication and ensuring that you cover the basics. Making sure the environment is right, and having happier employees will help to change the atmosphere of the office or building. This can be a lot harder to achieve than you might think, but often just focusing on the simple things such as a clean and warm place to work, an area to relax and take a break in, and an area to make drinks and store food, is sometimes all it takes.
Let’s hope these tips help you to create a happy and thriving workplace for your team.