Creating A Happy And Productive Work Environment “Find a job you love and you’ll never work a day in your life. ” Said Confucius. One of the ways to make employees love their work is to create a happy work environment. The book entitled Make It Happen: How to Get Ahead and be Happy at Work by A&C Black states that “Happiness is a powerful force in the working environment. It helps to tap the energy, enthusiasm, and talent of the people in a business.
Being contented at work improves motivation and physiological health, increases creativity and productivity and acts as a vehicle for delighting the customer to improve a company’s bottom line. ” The responsibility of creating a joyful work environment lies both with the employers as well as the employees themselves. Here we will outline some of the strategies which can be used by the companies and their personnel which can create a positive and positive work environment. Help Employees to Achieve Performance:
Employment is a contract between two parties where one party works and performs on assigned jobs while the second pays for this performance. It is not a social but a business contract and the ultimate objective of such a contract is performance. Employees are the first people who feel contented when they achieve their goals which also make their bosses and companies happy. To achieve this end, employers need to take positive steps to gear employees towards meeting their key performance indices or goals.
The employers’ role would include orientation, training, coaching, mentoring, and counseling while the employees should meet them halfway by striving hard towards organizational targets which could result in both a happy employer and employee. Embrace Happiness: Recently I conducted training on leadership for a Malaysian organization. I felt extremely glad to see that most of the employees right from the clerk to the CEO appeared cheerful.
Through their positive interactions with me and one another they created a positive energy as well as an extremely joyful work environment in spite of it a public (government) owned organization. Research indicates that although the bulk of our time is spent at work, the happiness quotient associated with working sits lower than other non-working activities. This suggests that merely being happy is a challenge, but being happy at work is doubly so. It is ironic as we spend our prime time at work and only come to our homes when we are extremely exhausted.
My wife jokingly tells me that I come to home for using the facilities as most of the time I am out for work. It will be a great loss if the prime time of our lives spent at work is an forlorn one. Employees must take responsibility of their own cheerfulness as which is an intrinsic state of mind closely associated with positive thoughts and optimism. Make More Money By Making Your Employees Happy http://www. forbes. com/sites/stevecooper/2012/07/30/make-more-money-by-making-your-employees-happy/ I assume all businesses want happy employees.
More important to most businesses, unfortunately, is they would rather have larger profits. What if happy employees quantifiably translated into larger profits? Well, a new book by Dr. Noelle Nelson, “Make More Money by Making Your Employees Happy,” explains how they do. “When employees feel that the company takes their interest to heart, then the employees will take company interests to heart,” says Dr. Nelson, a clinical psychologist, best selling author and business trial consultant. In her book, Dr.
Nelson cites a study from theJackson Organization, a survey research consultancy, since acquired by Healthstream, Inc. , which shows, “companies that effectively appreciate employee value enjoy a return on equity ;amp; assets more than triple that experienced by firms that don’t. When looking at Fortune’s ’100 Best Companies to Work For’ stock prices rose an average of 14% per year from 1998-2005, compared to 6% for the overall market. ” Of course, many business owners might think that employees need more money to be happy.
With 66% of employees expecting raises in 2012, according to a survey by 24 Seven, a recruitment and talent management agency, that would make sense—although perhaps not necessary. What business owners need to do, says Dr. Nelson, is keep their promises and show compassion for their employees. So if you promised your employees a pay raise, give it to them. If you promised resources to help them be more efficient at their job, give it to them. Find what’s important to your employees and give it to them. In “Make More Money by Making Your Employees Happy,” Dr.
Nelson shares the example of when Paul O’Neil took the reigns of Alcoa in 1987, the world’s leading producer of aluminum; O’Neil announced that his sole priority was to increase worker safety. A shock to his board room. O’Neil understood, however, that safety was a major concern for his workers. Over the next 13 years employee productivity soared as accident rates decreased from roughly one per week per plant to some plants going years without an accident. When O’Neil stepped away just over a decade later, Alcoa’s annual income had grown 500%!