Winter is here in Melbourne with a vengeance – cold, dark, frosty mornings that make the commute to work much less enticing. It’s a time of year when getting out of a warm bed in the morning is hard for us all – but even more so for an employee who is unmotivated, disengaged and unhappy in the workplace.
If absenteeism is down and the mood in the office is as frosty as the outside temperature, maybe it’s time for a happiness health check. Here are six tips to help you improve workplace happiness.
Getting the right fit is the key to a successful hire and minimises risk. Psychometric testing is a great way to assess the suitability of a potential hire. The skills might be right, the experience you need may be there – but you need to focus on how you believe the ideal performer would do the job.
Managers need to support, not micromanage. This can be a very difficult ask for some managers and company owners but you’ll have happy, productive, empowered employees as a result.
A positive work environment created by appreciation is so simple, but magical to observe. So many people find this difficult to achieve, yet it is such a simple secret to success.
It’s critical that everyone knows the company purpose; it’s surprising how many employees do not really know the ‘end goal’. Communication is best achieved when all employees become part of the process, such as a hands-on workshop where employees actually help to create the purpose, which ensures they believe in it as well.
Fairness matters most when it comes to remuneration. Employees need to feel that their pay is equitable to others with similar job descriptions. Transparency means open and fair company rules for all. No exceptions.
You can’t promote positivity and not walk the talk! Be an example. Supportive, cohesive cooperation leads to greater innovation. Happy teams = happy employees. Why not have fun?