Nurturing happiness in the workplace
Research from the London School of Business and Finance (LSBF) found that 47% of British workers want to change their jobs. And one in five are seeking to do so within the next 12 months. It seems that the British workplace is not a content one.
The issue seems worse for young people – 66% of 18-34 year olds are yearning for a new job. But the research also shows a reluctance to switch jobs amidst fears of financial instability.
With so many unhappy people stuck in their jobs, how can we make a change? It is certainly an issue for management levels to consider, as a happy employee is 12% more productive. Take a look at this list of tips and advice to help nurture a happier workplace for your staff.
If it is a benefit to the workplace, employees are more than within their rights to request training from their employer. The worst they can say is no, but most should be receptive to the idea. Not only can it lead to you picking up new skills and feeling more valuable, it is also beneficial for the business. According to a 2011 report by Andries De Grip and Jan Sauermann, training led to a 9% increase in staff productivity.
Managers should look into training courses in order to increase staff happiness and productivity. Does your staff need to learn more about the changes the digital age will have on your business? Maybe look into a digital learning course, for example. Not only will your staff be happier, your retention rate will rise.
Favoured by tech companies and millennials, the open-plan office is a popular option. A communication culture helps aid the spirit of cooperation in the workplace, which leads to an increase of happiness (which then leads to more productivity.) Harvard researchers Phil Stone and Tal Ben-Shahar found that students who had social support at school and at home were happier and better at dealing with stress. Carrying this kind of support into the workplace sets strong foundations for an increase in overall happiness.
Social events like nights out for staff, office competitions, and team meetings can all aid in supporting morale. As a manager, you should be budgeting for this type of activity, as you’ll be repaid in increased productivity. As an employee, do anything you can to get involved. Even if your workplace doesn’t provide much for your team, you can set up your own internal sweepstakes or fantasy sport leagues to help boost happiness and keep things on track.
Communication is key
If your staff feel like they can’t speak, there’s an issue. Whether you’re an employee or a manager, regularly consulting one another in the workplace is a great way to keep projects moving and avoids any kind of anxiety about unclear instructions. Creating an atmosphere of friendly cooperation is conducive to a good working relationship.
Happiness brings productivity. Make happiness your priority and your working environment will improve.