10 Ways to Promote Employee Happiness at Work

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It’s a well-known fact that an organization is only as good as its people.

Happy employees are the foundation of a good organization. Businesses that value their employees are more likely to outperform those that don’t. As per an industry study, highly engaged teams show 21% greater profitability. Satisfied employees can be a powerhouse of productivity, innovation, and energy. They find it easier to collaborate and engage with other employees and customers. As James Sinegal said, “When employees are happy, they are your very best ambassadors.”.

Satisfied employees are also open to new ideas or new methods to achieve their work objectives. Employees who are happy and engaged not only do their best but also motivate and encourage their colleagues to perform to their full potential.

Here’s the list of the top 10 practices that will work for every company to motivate their employee.

  • Include employees in the company’s vision 

Recent studies have proven that a sense of purpose is a strong indicator of a happy person. Individuals who believe they are a part of something bigger are usually more dedicated and sincere regarding their efforts. Allowing employees to become a part of an organization’s vision can completely transform their outlook towards work and motivate them to go the extra mile for the success of the organization. These employees value customer relationships, and not only do they ensure that their work is of an acceptable standard, but they also manage to consistently outperform set standards.

  • Make them aware of the value they add to the business

The smooth functioning of any organization is impossible without employees who harmoniously collaborate with each other. If organizations ignore the contribution of their employees, they are setting themselves up for failure. Letting employees know their value in the company can inculcate a feeling of pride and responsibility in them. As a result of this, the employees will have more respect for themselves, their work, and their obligations towards the organization.

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Why You Should Celebrate Employee Appreciation Day

Employees are one of a company’s greatest assets. Recognition and appreciation are known as one of the key motivational factors in the workplace. Hence a day set aside to appreciate those who matter the most at the workplace is the need of the day!

Employee recognition is strongly correlated with productivity. According to a recent study, 69% of employees say they’d work harder if they felt as though their contributions were valued. Even so, it was found that only 26% of workers feel strongly valued at their jobs.

  • Motivate them with achievable challenges

Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, Co-Founder of Positive Psychology, said, “The best moments in our lives are not the passive, receptive, relaxing times . . . The best moments usually occur if a person’s body or mind is stretched to its limits in a voluntary effort to accomplish something difficult and worthwhile”.

The best way to break the monotony for employees is to give them challenging work. Stagnation in work-life results in stagnation in personal growth; therefore it is extremely important for employees to be given challenging work. Naturally, the intensity of these challenges should make them suitable as motivators — not stressors.

  • Be generous with the benefits

It is important to express to employees that the company cares about their general well-being. Organizations can support their employees by providing attractive benefits beyond the basics, such as comprehensive health insurance packages, sufficient paid leaves, and flexibility in office timings. Perks like casual dressing, option to work from home can also improve employee satisfaction.

  • Facilitate a healthy work environment

 No one likes to work in a place with minimal space, no facilities, lack of empathy and socialization, and dark interiors. A relaxed workplace with understanding managers, approachable colleagues, adequate facilities, and abundant space seems a lot more appealing. Organizations can go beyond this by facilitating quality social interactions amongst employees and ensuring that if they have any complaints about the workplace, they should be addressed immediately.

  • Celebrate their achievements

 Everyone likes a little pat on the back for the work they have done. Small gestures of appreciation can go a long way with employees — the knowledge that their bosses and colleagues are impressed with their achievements can significantly boost the confidence of employees.

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Why Employees Thrive at MetLife

Amazing Workplaces spoke to Srinivas Reddy P, Director HR of MetLife Global Operations Support Centre to understand how MetLife supports its employees to thrive in and out of the workplace.

Employee satisfaction and appreciation is one of the most important things in an organization, when employees feel the company has best interests for them, they give more in return and this makes any organization an amazing workplace.

  • Simplify their work-life with productivity tools

 Repetitive and monotonous tasks can significantly reduce the morale of employees. By providing them with productivity tools like Quixy and Teams, their work can be streamlined and automated, removing the need for unnecessary paperwork.

  •  Encourage open communication

 Many organizations make the mistake of not encouraging suggestions or feedback from their employees. As a result of this, employees can feel neglected and de-motivated, potentially robbing the organization of the competitive-edge innovative employees might provide. Businesses should make it a point to listen to all kinds of ideas, however irrelevant they might seem at first glance. As per an industry study, employees who feel their voice is heard are 4.6 times more likely to feel empowered to perform their best work. This encourages employees to keep innovating while also removing the fear of embarrassing themselves while approaching their superiors.

  •  Enable them to visualize their future in the organization

Employees are bound to perform well when they have set goals for themselves in the organization. When businesses intimate employees about their future prospects, employees are driven to excel in their work.

  • Encourage new learning opportunities

 One individual can make all the difference in a company — allowing employees to get out of their comfort zones and learn new skills can significantly uplift their spirits.

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You can never know how well a particular employee can perform a specific task if he/she is never exposed to it. By promoting new learning opportunities, businesses might be surprised by the results they get.

Takeaway

 Reports suggest low employee engagement costs companies $450-500 billion each year. When it comes down to it, making your employees happy and engaged at work is a combination of several factors. Job satisfaction, company culture, physical space, or even your office building’s location all have an impact.

Authored by: Vivek Goel, Vice President Marketing, Quixy


 

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