Did you know that the happiness of your employees can help drive the success of your business? Studies have shown that companies with happy employees exceed their competition by 20 percent, and happy salespeople make 37 percent more deals. On top of that, a work environment that fosters employee happiness will help your business to retain and attract quality employees. The good news is that you, as the head of your company, can create a work environment for happy employees with a few simple tricks.
Model good behavior.
Employees’ attitudes on a day-to-day basis have a major impact on the overall environment in a workplace. That impact is even more profound when it’s the bosses attitude and the boss’s behavior. Model workplace happiness by having a positive attitude. Treat your employees with respect. Greet them in the hallway and take the time to get to know them. Everyone has bad days, but don’t take your stress out on your employees. When you do have to deliver negative feedback, make sure you deliver it in a way that doesn’t belittle employees but that provides them with constructive advice on how to address the problem and do better in the future.
Create a clean and comfortable office environment.
Employees who work in dingy offices with run-down furniture report that they are less happy and less productive at work. Make sure you keep your office space clean and inviting. Encourage natural lighting, and add extra lighting in dark workplace spaces. Have an inviting breakroom, and if it makes sense for the type of work you do, create a flexible workspace with comfortable chairs and nontraditional desks that allow employees to move freely around the office and find a setup that works best for them.
Cultivate a sense of community.
Employees are happier when they feel like they’re part of an overall work community. Encourage that sense of community by creating opportunities for your employees to bond over things other than work. Schedule potlucks, have breakfast catered in or have a lunchtime barbecue to encourage employees to mingle. Schedule out-of-office teambuilding activities, or sign your company up for a day of volunteering.
Give your employees a sense of purpose.
Most employees want to feel as though they are achieving some goal through their work. Have a mission statement for your company, and build your workplace culture around that mission statement. When employees do good, be sure to praise their efforts, and tie those efforts back to the overall company mission. Also, be familiar with your employees’ career goals, and help them work toward those goals through training and workplace opportunities.
There are so many things you, as CEO of your business, can do to create a workplace environment that cultivates happy employees. When you take the time to consciously build a happy work environment, you’ll be rewarded with more productive employees who are happy to work for your company. And on top of that, you will be creating a workplace that you feel positive about spending your time in.