Four Tips for Creating a Happy Work Environment
While most business owners would agree that it’s in their best interest to keep employees happy and invested in their work, not all of them understand how to do this effectively. Here are four tips to help create a happy work environment that encourages employee satisfaction and growth while helping your business succeed.
Get to know your employees
In our fast-paced world, it’s easy to focus heavily on output rather than taking time to get to know our employees. Take some time to get to know your employees, how they work, and what helps them with their productivity. Gain insight from talking to them, undertaking regular informal reviews and quick check-ins. The more insight you gain into how each employee works, the things that distract or motivate them, and their personal goals in life (and at work), the better you will be able to create an environment that makes everyone happy.
While some people may thrive in an office environment, others find it stifling. Make sure that your employees know that they have options when it comes to work-from-home days or even hours. If there are times when you need to see them, set up clear expectations around calls and emails so they don’t feel suffocated by expectations.
There are many ways to convey gratitude, from sending an email saying thank you to employees who’ve done something special, to recognising their birthdays with a small gift. Studies show that expressing gratitude is contagious—if you want your workplace culture to be joyful and fun, start by showing gratitude yourself.
Invest in employee benefits
Sometimes, it’s not enough to simply provide fair compensation and a stable environment to your employees. Small things mean a lot in a work environment; you don't need to offer comprehensive health insurance if that isn't in your budget; smaller perks, such as a coffee machine in the office, a regular cake delivery, and the odd after-work activity go a long way to helping your employees feel valued.