Happy employees are 12% more productive than unhappy employees, and companies with a happy workplace culture outperform their competition by 20%. But just how do you create a happy workplace culture?
1. Support flexible working
More companies have turned towards flexible working whilst still covering ‘normal’ working hours. Employees prefer to work for companies who support flexible or remote working as it has a positive impact on their wellbeing and productivity.
Spending time away from the office not only allows them to catch up on meaningful activities that require concentration, but it also makes time spent in the office more enjoyable. Remember, people are more productive if they do what they like.
2. Reduce the number of meetings
A lot of organisations tend to hold too many meetings. A few brainstorming sessions are great, but a “meeting culture” is disruptive and can have a really bad impact on employee productivity.
First of all ask yourself if you really need this meeting and if you don’t, cancel it. Also make sure you have defined outcomes for the meeting and consider alternatives such as social collaboration tools or skype to help cull the number of face-to-face meetings.
3. Train your team
Making sure your team have the right skills makes everyone happier. Research shows that investing in skills training for an employee is as motivational as a pay rise (and the effects last longer). Up skilling your team gives them more capacity to support each other, and your business.
4. Show your employees you care
Employees like knowing their work is appreciated. People are your most important asset; without your employees, your business would not exist, so let them know it from time to time. It will give them a real boost; often, a few kind words can make a big difference.
5. Be a mentor, not a boss
You probably already know that by 2020, Millennials will account for 40% of the total working population. But do you know that 79% of them would like their manager to act more like a mentor than a boss? It’s proven that most people who succeed, have a mentor.
6. Say no to long working hours
Just because someone is staying longer at work, doesn’t mean they work harder than the rest of your team. Maybe they have productivity problems, or they struggle to complete the task that was given to them? Don’t encourage long hours culture, good work life balance is key to employee happiness.