How do you make sure that you have a happy workplace; one where that your employees want to be?
One of the critical roles of any Human Resources department is to ensure that employees are happy. Unhappy employees are less productive, and unhappiness can be contagious, bringing down the effectiveness of a whole company.
Today we decided to share with you a few key ideas about how to increase happiness among your employees by making some simple changes in the work environment.
One thing that makes a really big difference is the simple spatial arrangement at the office. For a happy workplace, do all you can to make sure that every employee has the space they need in order to do their jobs comfortably. Also ensure, though, that they’re still close enough to their coworkers to encourage collaboration.
Find a good balance between privacy, which provides a quiet atmosphere where concentration can flourish, and openness and transparency, so that everybody’s still accountable. That’s a good way to maximize productivity, too!
Going green has been trendy for the last few years, but we’re talking about more than buying carbon credits. Your office should literally have green in it. That most importantly means real plants that will help clean and cool the air, as well as provide a nice, calming element of nature.
It also includes just the color green, which is scientifically shown to promote creativity.
For a happy workplace, bring in some natural greenery. Try to also make sure that there are some soft greens in the office’s design color palettes, especially in the areas where your employees do their most creative work.
One tactic that has become popular in recent years is the idea of standing desks. These allow employees to continue to work while standing up rather than sitting. It’s been shown that sitting for long periods of time is unhealthy and can cause problems that contribute to general unhappiness.
While this is true, be careful! Standing in one place without moving can also have similar drawbacks.
“…Rather than sitting or standing for hours at a stretch, experts believe that it is more important to move about regularly during the day, and also include exercise in one’s daily routine.” (from The Straits Times)
So, the best solution of all is to encourage your employees to get up and move around every so often.
That could be something as natural as taking a break to visit the water cooler. It may be as intentional as a program that rewards employees for walking to and from work.
A happy medium might simply be to not look sideways at anybody who just seems to be walking around the office for the sake of it. As long as your employees are hitting their productivity targets, don’t worry much about what else they do!
Make it all the More Worthwhile
That brings us to another important point. Receiving added incentives for doing hard work is highly motivating, and can contribute strongly to employee happiness. Make sure to set achievable goals that your workers and teams can reach. They should still be challenging enough to make them stretch, of course.
Once they do reach those goals though, give them a nice reward. Take them out for a nice lunch, offer gift cards, etc. The possibilities are limited only by the imagination. Make sure to recognize both group and individual accomplishments often.
Perhaps most importantly of all, on the very top of your to-do list (we saved the best for last), you should strive to encourage your employees to connect with each other. You also want them to build stronger business connections and partnerships with other organizations.
It’s a good idea to provide a company-wide platform where your employees can communicate and share with each other. Make it easy for them to talk both about work and the other things that they’re passionate about.
If you happen to decide that slack is the best platform for your company, make sure to check out the way that RVW BOT makes it easy for your employees to share reviews on Glassdoor.
Encourage them to tell the whole world about how happy they are to be working at such a good place!