14 Jan The Happiness Factor in the Workplace
With a year gone by which we would rather forget about, one thing is certainly clear … we need more happiness. When it comes to the happiness factor in the workplace, you, the owner of your business, need to make a real contribution.
You may not realise it, but your staff and even partners look up to you and more so, look to you for positive reinforcement. Cultivating a happy workplace seems like a simple enough idea, but when times are tough, it can be the one part that gets out the door faster than you can say HAPPINESS!
Running my own business for closing in on 2 decades, has made me realise that a positive action, word and demeanour can go a long way.
Creating the happiness factor in the workplace
1. Without being kitsch, start the day off with a positive sentiment
And, communicate it through to your staff and peers. While they may roll their eyes and think you crazy, that one positive catchphrase or word can stay with them for the rest of the day.
1. Bright colours cannot bring dark days
Is your office bright and sunny? No matter your corporate colours, you can bring some light and joy into your staff’s environment with colour. The stats show that a colourful breakroom or office space can help employees to get through their day with a more positive outlook.
1. Share and Share Alike
Often just sharing your own life stories, good and bad, can bring you closer to your staff, and of course, they may feel obliged to share too. No one is saying become their best bud, but having that open-door policy is vital to unity and solidarity.
As a child, you got excited about rewards. You got motivated to do whatever it was you had to do, and often it was something you didn’t really want to do. Having a reward to look forward to can make all the difference to a mundane task. Sure, your staff get paid – that should be reward enough – but if you look at it differently, you will see the benefit in giving rewards other than salary. An experience that they may never have spent money on can really take their spirits up and build loyalty. A simple thank you can also do wonders. Consider how you would feel on the other side of the stick.
If you are struggling with the recruitment process or managing employees, please reach out and chat with me.
Anthony Kettle is the co-owner of West Coast Personnel, a successful recruitment agency that has been around for going on 21 years in the Table View, Western Cape area. Anthony specialises predominantly in the engineering and manufacturing space; however, he has a wealth of knowledge to impart all aspects of recruitment. He has recently published his books, The Job Seeker’s Handbook and The Recruiter’s Handbook, available on Amazon as eBooks.