5 Ways to Make Employees Happy at Work

By Alicia Geigel on October 21, 2019

In a perfect world, we all love our jobs, have the best co-workers, admire our bosses, and are fulfilled with the work of our job. Unfortunately, we do not live in a perfect world full of people without flaws and this reality can make it difficult to go to work and be satisfied with your job.

Making employees happy at work isn’t always easy, as there is a lot to manage in the office and on an individual level, however, if you care about your business and employee happiness/satisfaction, these small steps won’t be difficult to implement. These five tips will help you create a better work atmosphere and make your employees happier while working. Trust me, you are going to wish you had these sooner!

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1. Change the Way They Mentally Approach Work: Have you ever heard of or considered the notion of positive thinking and the power it holds? Positive thinking and a positive mindset can influence and change the trajectory of your life, literally just by thinking. Think of it like this: if you are anxious about a test and tell yourself you are going to fail, what motivation would you have to not fail this test since you already convinced yourself you would fail?

The same mindset and belief system applies to life, and particularly your job. If your employees go to work every day and tell themselves they are going to have a miserable day, chances are they probably will! Instead, encourage your employees to change how they mentally approach the workday.

Like I said, positive thinking is a way of life, and Remez Sasson of SuccessConsciousness.com states that “with a positive attitude we experience pleasant and happy feelings. This brings brightness to the eyes, more energy, and happiness. Our whole being broadcasts good will, happiness, and success. Even our health is affected in a beneficial way. We walk tall, our voice is more powerful, and our body language shows the way we feel.”

2. Help Build Strong Work Relationships: I understand; your employees are not going to get along with everyone at their job because some personalities just clash. However, your employees can build great relationships with most of their co-workers by communicating with them. Encourage your employees to make small talk, talk about the office’s next project, the holidays, etc. This helps build a personal bond with workers and makes the environment less awkward and stressful to be in.

According to Laura Vanderkam of Fortune, “ Real relationships are hard to manufacture, but relaxed interaction does breed familiarity over time. This argues for taking the team out for lunch or coffee as often as you can. You can also simply knit friendship-building into the fabric of the day, doing things that build your relationship capital.”

3. Give Reward and Recognition: Humans perform better when their work is recognized, period. According to David Novak in an interview with Forbes, “in simply showing employees how much they are appreciated and recognizing their great work and ideas, leaders can create an energized work environment.”

Novak further discusses a study of workers by KRC Research, stating “lack of acknowledgment has a direct impact on productivity as well, with 40 percent of employed Americans saying they’d put more energy into their work if they were recognized more often.”

Not only can rewards and recognition create an energetic atmosphere at work, but it can also foster better relationships and restore confidence in workers, making them happier and more enthusiastic to work.

4. Make Values Consistent: In stressful situations, humans act, well human. Under stress, we can all crack, which means all morals and values go out the window. This can be not only unprofessional but also discourage employees from staying at your company. Company values are an important aspect of working and workers want to make sure that employees and bosses uphold those values regardless of the situation.

Joseph Folkman of Forbes referenced an assessment of job satisfaction at an undisclosed company that notes, “leadership values seemed to apply in good times, but to dwindle or even disappear during stress. This organization, however, held tightly to its core values as the economy turned. Employees began to more fully appreciate those values as well when they saw what was happening in other companies during difficult times.”

When your values are consistent, your employees have more confidence and faith in the company and their ability to fit well in their given position, making them both happier and secure.

5. Provide Autonomy: Part of what makes employees feel valuable and confident is having a sense of independence, flexibility, and autonomy, meaning, having the ability to execute multiple different tasks and show their creativity. Vanderkam of Fortune writes, “In a work context, this requires a sense of control over your work, but — just as important — over your time too. Flexibility is key, and employees with flexible work schedules report better well-being than those with less control over time and place.”

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Though it’s impossible to do everything right in your office and please all of your employees, there are a few small and simple steps to do that can make all the difference. As always, good luck!

By Alicia Geigel

Uloop Writer
Temple alum | columnist at Uloop News | writer at Top5Must & KnowPhilly | photographer | food blogger

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