Many employees prioritize a happy and healthy work environment because of the massive time investment our work lives require. This is especially true of millennials and younger job seekers, who value a positive workplace culture almost as much as salary and employee benefits.
For employers, investing in a happy culture reaps additional benefits, including increased productivity and profitability. Companies with positive cultures experience cost reductions through less absenteeism and job turnover and fewer workers’ compensation claims.
With increased efficiency and reduced costs, an organization’s workplace happiness is an excellent long-term predictor of the business’s ability to grow and thrive. We’ll explore eight steps to help you change your workplace culture and share even more benefits of a positive workplace.
Finding a happy and healthy workplace is increasingly important for job seekers. According to the 2021 Jobvite Job Seeker Nation Report, 86% of job seekers consider culture crucial when applying for a position. To ensure you’re attracting top talent, shore up your workplace with the following eight tips.
A culture of mentorship creates a supportive atmosphere that encourages professional growth and empowers employees to take on tasks confidently. Employees who have been meaningfully mentored, in turn, become excellent leaders willing to mentor more team members.
Consider creating an open-door policy that encourages and welcomes employees to discuss new ideas and make suggestions. They’ll realize you won’t ignore or criticize them, and they’ll become more confident. You’ll also foster the atmosphere of mutual trust so vital to an organization’s success.
Leaders who become active mentors and participants in their employees’ self-expression, creativity and self-betterment tend to be rewarded with loyalty and increased business productivity.
In our digitally driven world, addressing the pitfalls of office work – long stretches of sitting, typing and gazing at screens – is essential. A workplace that passionately supports employees’ physical and mental well-being through flexible benefits and initiatives will be rewarded with a stronger and more loyal team.
Some ways to prioritize wellness in the workplace include:
Communication and inclusion lay the groundwork for a positive work environment where everyone feels safe and equally valued.
Flexibility gives employees freedom, allowing them to create a positive work-life balance and grow their careers.
Here are a few ways to be flexible in your business:
In a changing workplace landscape, job flexibility and flexibility with hours and remote and hybrid work situations can significantly contribute to employee happiness.
Injecting fun into the workplace pays dividends for everyone. An organization’s investment in joy can be as simple as encouraging employees to take five-minute breaks from their desks (which reduces muscle fatigue and eyestrain and improves focus). For a company with deeper pockets, investing in fun can mean building inspiring green spaces on its campuses, where employees can take walks.
Workplace teamwork is crucial, and team-building activities that fortify relationships among colleagues can also be a source of renewal and satisfaction. Allow employees to suggest fun activities, giving them a sense of ownership in the company’s quest for happiness.
Everyone wants to feel their contributions are valued. To help employees feel valued, company leaders should celebrate team members’ accomplishments through rewards, incentives, promotions and employee bonuses.
Another way to reward employees is to provide opportunities for self-improvement and lifelong learning. Initiatives and benefits that support employees’ continued education and training are the ultimate expressions of how deeply an organization appreciates and supports everyone’s continued growth.
Perhaps the most meaningful way to ensure your employees’ long-term happiness and health is to prepare for the inevitable moments when they’re anything but happy and healthy. We all experience bumps in the road, and we all dread what could happen if an illness, loss or other unfortunate circumstance renders us unable to fulfill our work duties.
A leader who shows concern and eases someone’s way – a sincere, trustworthy supporter rather than another source of pressure – can win an employee’s appreciation for life. Model empathy and compassion in the workplace, and encourage similar citizenship behaviors in your colleagues. It can also help to have an employee assistance program in place.
Creating a positive work culture is a continuous process that requires regular attention, thoughtful planning and corrective actions. It might be the most crucial task company leaders can undertake. When employees experience true happiness and health at work, success tends to follow. Ensure that your company’s compensation, hiring, management and policies align with your positive workplace culture goals.
Creating a strong company culture can provide a host of benefits to your employees and your company.
Investing in company culture is a win-win. Happy employees are better workers and tend to stay with the company longer. The company, in turn, enjoys increases in revenue, productivity and customer satisfaction. Creating a happy, productive workplace is an ongoing process that becomes part of a company’s culture and helps ensure its success.
Rachita Sharma contributed to the reporting and writing in this article.