Sometimes the simple truths are the ones that are the most profound. In regards to the workplace environment, the simple truth is that happy employees increase the success of your company. When employees are excited about the organization that they work for and the work that they do, they show up consistently, and are more productive. Take a look at these steps to increase happiness in your workplace:
Increase The Natural Lightening
Natural lightening can instantly brighten a room and makes you feel energetic and focused. Not only is it a pleasant supplier of vitamin D, a natural mood enhancer, but it also has a strong correlation to positive sleep practices. Refreshed employees can approach the day with a healthy mindset. To bring more natural light in your work space:
– Use see-through partitions instead of interior walls to create a more open space
– Purchase ‘daylight’ bulbs that can imitate natural light and produce similar results
– Select furniture with glossy finishes so that light will reflect throughout the room
Host A Free Lunch
Coworkers that eat together, often communicate more throughout their workday. Bringing in meals for your entire team to share can break down walls and foster a spirit of collaboration according to Zeb Evans (read the whole article, it really shows the importance of a good work culture). It may also allow your employees to save a little money on that day. Making this a weekly or monthly event gives your team a lot to look forward to. To ensure the lunch goes well:
– Avoid pot-lucks where employees provide the meal and spring for a catered spread instead
– Recognize dietary restrictions within your team by providing a variety of options to choose from
– If there is enough room, seat everyone in large groups so that everyone feels included
Establish An Open Door Policy
When employees are able to freely express their concerns, they often feel more appreciated at work. An open door policy demonstrates that the management team cares about the people that report to them, and paves the way to quicker and more peaceful conflict resolution. Be accessible for their questions and concerns by:
– Make it an actual policy added to the employee handbook and available to all employees.
– Offer other ways to contact you when your door is closed for meetings.
– Urge employees to take part in the solution by contributing options that they think will help.
Not every company is the same so there is no single approach or formula that can be applied for workplace happiness. Get started by expressing your desire to lift the atmosphere, and experiment with ideas to see what best fits your team. Happy employees tend to be more creative and will go to great lengths to get their job done.