Why It Is Important to Create a Happy Workplace
A job, by definition, is not necessarily fun, or enjoyable. Work is hard. Dealing with work stresses day in and day out is hard.
According to a recent study conducted by the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills, improved worker wellbeing is strongly linked to improved profitability, productivity and quality of output or services. Employees with a strong sense of professional wellbeing simply do their jobs better.
Here key reasons why creating a workplace and an office environment that people love is critical for your business:
Happiness has a multiplying effect
Happiness is contagious and, when encouraged, can spread throughout an entire company. Employees who take joy in their work make excellent role models for their fellow workers and encourage them to also take joy in their work.
Happy employees are successful employees
Employees who genuinely enjoy their work are more productive, happier, and more successful. This increases self-confidence and inspires greater performance and greater success for both employee and employer.
Reducing stress increases productivity
Stressed-out employees are distracted employees. This can have a devastating effect on productivity. Eliminating stress and worry can lead to an instant productivity boost.
A positive work environment encourages risk-taking
Business is not about playing it safe. Business is about taking the right risk for the right rewards. Happy employees are more likely to take calculated risks, while unhappy employees are more likely to play it safe.
Happiness inspires creativity
Innovation is the lifeblood of any business, and happy employees are inspired, creative employees who will create the solutions your business needs to succeed.
It is important to remember that small improvements in just a few of these areas can be enough to make a difference to employee well-being and company performance.
It’s on individuals to find ways to live our values at work and build great relationships. And it’s on leaders to create an environment where people can thrive. It’s simple and it’s practical: if you want an engaged workforce, pay attention to how you create a vision, link people’s work to your company’s larger purpose, and reward people who resonate with others.