Happy employees are much better employees. Data confirming the correlation between a happy workforce and productivity can be found in many industries across the globe.
As we’ve seen in many of the advisory firms we consult for, happy employees not only perform better, contribute more and reduce turnover, the firms they work for are more successful, too.
Happy people are more energetic, productive, healthier and, well, happier. Plus, they really make a difference; research has fund we have far greater control over others’ happiness in some respects than was once thought.
How can you improve overall employee happiness for the benefit of your employees and your firm?
Actually, it’s surprising how little it takes to increase overall employee happiness within your firm’s culture. And the good news is, none of it takes money.
Begin with these four small actions, and your culture should soon transform into a much happier place to work:
1. Know that gratitude moves mountains.
A simple thank you goes a long way in increasing employee productivity. When you are leading a firm, it’s easy to see what people are doing wrong. Look deeper at what people are doing right and offer encouragement that puts the attention on employee strengths.
Think about it this way — if you are focusing on your employee’s weaknesses, they will spend their time trying to improve in those areas. Be grateful for their strengths, and they will get stronger overall.
2. Reduce stress within your culture.
A prominent symptom of an unhappy culture is stress.