Since 2018, the last week of September every year has been celebrated as the International Week Of Happiness At Work. In light of this, we thought it would be a fantastic idea to share our top tips on how to create a happy workplace.
We spend a lot of our time at work. So, it may come as no surprise that an unhappy workplace can have a detrimental impact on the happiness of you and your employees.
An unhealthy workplace can negatively impact mental health, family life, relationships, and work-life balance. It can also affect employee productivity and engagement whilst increasing absenteeism and staff turnover.
What Is An Unhealthy Workplace?
An unhealthy or “toxic” workplace may mean different things to different people. In general, the characteristics of an unhealthy workplace include poor communication, strained relationships between employees and management, gossipy behaviour, and unproductive staff.
Lack of training and mentorship, low morale, micromanagement and burnt-out employees are also common signs that the workplace may be unhealthy.
So, how do you change things for the better?
Top Tips For How To Create A Happy Workplace
It goes without saying (but I am going to say it anyway) that a happier workplace leads to business success. Don’t just take my word for it!
A Columbia University study found that a company with a happy workplace culture had a staff turnover of just 13.9%, whereas a company that lacked in company culture had a staff turnover of 48.4%. Similarly, statistics show that a company with happy employees is likely to outperform their competition by 20%.
As a business owner or employer, it is without a doubt in your best interest to create a happy workplace.
Invest In The Mental Wellbeing Of Your Team
Creating an open workplace culture that supports employee mental health will positively impact employee happiness. Providing mental health training for your team and talking openly about mental health can help remove the stigma and create an honest trustworthy workplace environment.
Similarly, offering mental health resources to your team can ensure your employees get the support they need to be happy and healthy.
Encourage Work-Life Balance
Prioritising and encouraging work-life balance will prevent employee burnout and maintain mental and physical wellbeing amongst your team. For example, offering flexible working hours where possible will give your team more control over their workplace balance.
Also, ensuring your employees have a manageable workload will prevent them from working overtime and reduce work-related stress.
As a leader, you should also encourage employees to take sufficient breaks and promote a social workplace where your team feel comfortable chatting, building friendships and communicating openly.
Find Effective Ways To Communicate
Communication is key to a happy workplace. Team building exercises are great for improving communication in the workplace. We’re not saying you have to book a paintballing trip for the whole team! Instead, host an informal “team breakfast” once a week. Or host a charity event that will get your employees active whilst improving workplace relationships.
As an employer or manager, you should also take the time to communicate effectively with your employees. This may mean having regular one-to-one chats with your employees.
Or even something as simple as greeting each employee every morning can make a huge difference. It will give you a chance to see how everyone is doing and check if anybody needs help with their workload or projects.
Give Employees A Voice
If you want to know what is best for your workplace, ask your team! Creating a happy workplace is all about having happy employees.
You can gain valuable feedback by carrying out employee surveys, asking employees for their feedback in their performance reviews and holding small team meetings focused on improving the workplace (as opposed to client work or business strategies etc).
Improve The Physical Workplace Environment
The physical workspace can impact the health and wellbeing of your team. To improve happiness in the workplace, create a workplace that your employees will love being in. This might include natural light, more plants, breakout areas and separate areas where your team can enjoy lunch, socialise and relax.
Open-plan offices tend to see an improvement in employee communication, particularly if a social workplace is encouraged. You can also get your team involved in improving the physical workplace. Decorate the room with team pictures and encourage your team to personalise their workspace.
Ensure Your Employees Feel Appreciated
Praise and recognition are crucial for a happy workplace. It demonstrates that you appreciate the hard work and dedication they put into their job.
There are various ways to make your team feel appreciated. You might opt to invite them for a one-to-one meeting or highlight how well an employee has done during a team meeting. Alternatively, you may offer incentives and perks to show your appreciation.
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We hope our tips on how to create a happy workplace have been helpful.
At Mindful Partners, we are a recruitment agency with a soul. We are dedicated to helping people who have overcome mental health issues get back into the workplace.
If you are looking to employ the perfect candidate for your business, get in touch. Alternatively, if you are recovering from poor mental health and are looking to get back into work, give us a shout or submit your CV here. We would love to help.