As working adults, we tend to devote a huge part of our day to work, and some of us – directly at our workplace. It is worth investing some effort into making our workplaces a happier place to be in!
The pandemic has definitely taken a toll on many employees – with research showing that 53% of them have reported to feel more exhausted since the outbreak (Harvard Business Review.)
Long-standing research has proven that happier employees could be up to 12% more productive, have good health and great interpersonal relationships – which is key to a good workplace environment.
The science behind happiness can be explained by ‘Positive Psychology’ which is something that is not remedial, but rather about enhancing what is correct rather than correcting what is wrong. Similarly, we can create a happier workplace by enhancing, or going above and beyond for elements that employees already like about the workplace.
As Benjamin Franklin once said,
“Happiness consists more in conveniences of pleasure that occur everyday than in great pieces of good fortune that happen but seldom.”
Happiness is definitely something subjective and it can be challenging when trying to find that perfect balance. However, simple changes in your workplace can really go a long way in contributing to that goal.
So, on the International Day of Happiness, let us help you create a happier workplace!
Here are some tips to get you started.
Incorporate a Positive Work Environment
1. Showing appreciation more often
Sometimes, it is easy to get lost in the hectic nature of work life and this could be a reason why showing employee appreciation often goes neglected. However, it is definitely the most underrated thing and even something as simple as a ‘thank you’ could really make a whole world of difference.
Praising your colleagues, teammates and employees for their good work, and providing positive feedback are some ways to show appreciation. It takes minimal effort, but it can tremendously boost morale and the psyche.
2. Safeguard Employees’ Mental Health
Having a positive work environment is important for so many reasons. In fact, a research conducted by Deloitte showed that 94% of executives and 88% of employees believe that a positive workplace culture is important to the success of a business.
Some ways you can do this is to implement measures to protect employees’ mental health – by allowing employees to take mental health leaves, or even creating a safe space for employees to openly share about how they feel to their colleagues and with their managers.
The pandemic opened up a new era for mental health, with increased awareness and it becoming prioritised more. It is worth looking into implementing measures creating avenues to support employees’ mental health.
3. Offer opportunities for Professional Development
The most important resource you have in your company are your employees, so invest in them! Creating opportunities for professional development boosts employee engagement, retain and retrain talent and even attract elite candidates.
This not only motivates employees knowing that they have a concrete career and learning pathways, but also ensures that their skills are up to date with the dynamic working world. A report conducted by Monster in 2021 showed that 45% of surveyed employees said they would be more likely to stay at their current jobs if they were offered more training.
So, you can see how an environment where learning is celebrated can contribute to a happier workplace!
Promote a Fresh and Healthy Environment
4. Offer opportunities for Professional Development
From corporate fitness programmes to providing incentives to eat healthy meals, or even providing mental well-being resources at your workplace, there are so many ways to encourage healthier lifestyle and incorporate wellness programmes for your employees.
Having a healthy workforce translates into a more productive, engaged and a happier workforce. Everyone stands to benefit from having employee well-being programmes. So, take the time to figure out employees’ needs and implement activities that work best!
5. Spruce up your workplace with some greenery!
Did you know that there are real benefits to having plants in the office?
According to research in colour psychology, the colour green is found to be calming, relaxing and motivating (that is why it is the primary colour of hospitals). Something that every office can use!
Another useful benefit found by having plants indoors is that it helps clean and purify the air (Clean Air Study, NASA) and this can contribute to prevent employees from falling sick and passing it to each other, aka the ‘Sick Building Syndrome.’ Moreover, it has been proven to boost productivity and to help reduce stress levels at work too!
Offering more benefits to your employees
6. Go above and beyond with the Benefits plan
Employee benefits play a huge role in employee job satisfaction. In fact, it has been reported that nearly six in ten workers who are extremely satisfied with their benefits are actually also satisfied with their job as well.
If you have the resources, it would be a great idea to expand on your employee fringe benefits plan to include more benefits. One way to go about it is to conduct employee surveys and get actual feedback from employees on their needs, and what they wish to see in their benefits plan. Examples of these benefits could be enhanced medical benefits, deals and discounts, fitness benefits, flexible working and so on.
7. Prioritise work-life balance
Poor work-life balance is extremely detrimental in a lot of ways – to employees’ health, productivity and causes a high risk of ‘burnout’. It is something many people want to have, even preferring it over higher pay.
So how can you encourage work-life balance for your employees? For example, setting boundaries to minimise work-related activities after work hours, or encouraging breaks or making use of paid time-off or sick leaves to take a breather could be one of the ways to achieve work-life balance. Regular check-ins with your employees are helpful so you can keep a lookout for signs of burnout and step in before it gets worse.
8. Provide options for flexible working
If you have not hopped on to the flexible working bandwagon yet – you should definitely consider doing so. Many companies have adopted the flexible working style as part of their permanent work setting. Moreover, the pandemic has proven how beneficial it has been for companies to proceed with flexible work life, and employees have grown accustomed to it.
We understand that it may not be easy to jump into it, however the good news is that there are so many solutions out there to help you manage a hybrid team – that includes us, FLYDESK!
Our FLYDESK App was designed to support businesses in implementing remote and hybrid work by enhancing communication within the organization.
Our key features include:
- Shared office booking: allows a company to optimize its real estate costs and shared desks among employees,
- Weekly team planning: to show your colleagues where do you plan to work during the week and therefore provide more visibility,
- Ability to “check-in” while working and share your presence with others,
- Integrations with existing collaboration tools (Slack, MS teams) and HR systems.
Interested in implementing flexible working and contributing to your employees happiness at work? We at FLYDESK are here to assist! Get in touch with us today and get a free demo for 3-6 months of our FLYDESK app, the perfect companion for your hybrid work needs.
As a bonus fun fact, 20th March is also French Language Day in the world! To our French readers, ‘Merci Beaucoup’ (thank you) for this beautiful language!