7 Ways to Foster and Boost Happiness at Work
“When unhappy, one doubts everything; when happy, one doubts nothing.” – Joseph Roux.
The secret to a successful business is a happy workplace. In the daily hustle of getting clients, closing deals and launching marketing campaigns, it is easy for business owners and team leaders to forget about the small things that can help employees work with a happy headspace.
Good vibes attract good people, and there is no anomaly in that. An individual spends one-third of the day at their workplace, and it is an absolute that their mental wellbeing is taken care of. In order to create a happy and toxic-free work culture, a strong top-down and bottom-up approach is essential. It requires practice, patience and persistence. It takes a variety of things varying from ethical hiring practices to clear work-life boundaries.
So, it is only fair to say that happiness at work is indispensable, and we are not exaggerating!
*Happy dancing going here*
Also, pro bono happiness plays a significant role in determining the productivity and creativity of a workforce. It is not only good for a business’s positive image in the market (which bags them employees who are in for the long haul), but is also the right thing to do.
By the way, let’s talk about the elephant in the room: Why don’t we associate happiness and work with each other?
Because our culture has normalised a busy schedule and tough days as markers of success.
Workplaces are generally seen as places where we upskill ourselves and invest time in exchange for money and fame, ensuring quality livelihoods for people.
We are not implying that workspaces should be essentially conceived as places where people should look for happiness. However, it can be so for many people. While we can find happiness in life, it can also be achieved at work because we invest a significant part of the day there. So, contrary to popular belief, work does not have to be boring and monotonous.
Here’s how you can find happiness and foster positive emotions at work:
#1. Identify your unhappy employees
The first step toward building a positive and happy work environment is to identify if your employees are unhappy. If yes, then why? Starting with the root of their problems will significantly help you make changes and accommodate policies or ways in which you can help your team. People become happier and satisfied with the changes made to suit their needs.
#2. Lead with example
Employees get motivated if they see their colleagues and seniors have a positive outlook in life and a happy attitude. Your interaction with your team members will define the tone of your conversation threads.
It will help if you talk about your past experiences and your embarrassing moments in your career with a dash of humour, making you seem human and approachable.
#3. Evaluate happiness along with performance
Evaluating your employees’ happiness index will help with pointer number 1, where you identify your employee’s overall mood at work and life in general.
Add an extra tab whenever you run a performance review; it will help you in building a healthy relationship with your people by showing that you care. Make it a thing to ask your employees what makes them happy and/or unhappy at work and how can you help make it better for them.
Most importantly, when someone opens up and mentions their problems, listen to them and take timely and well-thought actions to convey your sincerity. If you fail to do so, it might again add to their discontent that it’s all about formalities.
#4. Pick positivity
Ask your employees about the good things that happened to them in the past few days while carefully avoiding toxic positivity and productivity culture.
Asking about the positive changes from their day-to-day life will significantly create a joyful, optimistic environment for your entire team. Start your conversations in a way where they are not forced to bother about their to-do list first and will allow you to engage on a more personal level.
# 5. Celebrate little wins
Little tokens of appreciation and acknowledgements go a long way. It doesn’t have to be fancy, planned or expensive; celebrating your team’s success, big or small, can be as simple as announcing it in a group chat or a staff where everybody can register and appreciate the individual’s success.
If you work remotely, you can share badges and gifs tagging your team member. If you work in a physical office, you can use your kitchen for a small, quick celebration, even with coffee and chit-chat.
#6. Conflict resolution
Conflicts are unavoidable at the workplace, and it often leads to sources of stress and anxiety among employees if not dealt tactfully. It can also lead to decreased self-motivation and lower productivity at work in the long run.
While every conflict will not have a severe impact on the overall performance of your team, some can considerably damage the team internally.
The first step to manage conflicts is knowing when to intervene. Other key factors that will help you instil better conflict resolution skills within your team is promoting a healthy competitive space, team bonding, bridging communication gaps and fostering a proper stress management regime.
#7. Clear communication
Communication is the foundation of any great relationship, be it is personal or professional. A lack of clear communication between employees and team leaders can create disharmony. Having open lines of communication and feedback ensures that your employees feel heard and acknowledged.
There are several ways to boost communication, which in turn helps boost happiness in the workplace. For starters, management can practice an open-door policy; if someone needs to talk, they should be welcomed without the feeling of overwhelm. One to one session with each employee on a monthly basis or even quarterly can allow employees to talk and discuss their problems, ideas, or anything they feel is relevant.
When an employee feels they are heard and appreciated, they become more comfortable with management and, in return, see a boost in overall happiness at work.
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