This week (23rdSeptember) is the International Week of Happiness at Work.
This initiative originated in the Netherlands and aims to promote “meaningful work, healthy relationships, development and having fun.”
A happier workplace culture is beneficial to both individuals and organisations. Happy employees are more productive, flexible, resilient, creative, make and work better with their colleagues.
But how can employers make their workplace a happier place? Here are a few tips on how to boost morale in ways that are more than just a short-term fix.
Listen to employees
Nobody likes to be ignored, so not giving employees a voice is a guaranteed way to foster unhappiness at work. An employee engagement survey can allow managers to find out the issues employees feel strongly about, and therefore what can be improved.
Create a workplace wellbeing strategy
Looking at what employees have said in the employee engagement survey, do you have the policies and schemes in place that can lead to their needs being fulfilled? How would you do it?
Evaluate corporate culture
Any workplace perks must be part of a corporate culture dedicated to wellbeing. After all, a discount for the gym would nice, but in the long term it will not help reduce stressful workloads.
Allow a healthy work-life balance
Employees are only human, so it should be assumed that work isn’t always going to be their number one priority. Employees who are unable to both work and fulfil family duties are likely to be unhappy, and eventually leave.
Communicate and monitor
After a workplace wellbeing strategy has been implemented, it’s important to continue to monitor the mood of the workforce. The way to do so is by enquiring during performance reviews and informal chats.
Managers should be trained in the soft skills necessary for these conversations, as difficult subjects are likely to come up.
To find out more about how to implement a workplace wellbeing strategy, we recommend taking our free, five minute questionnaire to see what you can do in your organisation.