Are you serious about employee happiness at work? | myhrtoolkit

Published on September 22, 2016 by Fiona Sanderson

Whilst your business might not be quite ready to take on a ‘Funsultant’ or to employ its own ‘Chief Happiness Officer’, it’s not hard to see the benefits of having an upbeat workforce that truly enjoy their jobs.

But before you reach for the phone to start booking that teambuilding day, have a look at these three tips for creating a more sustained approach to employee happiness.

1. Develop a multi-generational workforce

One of the first places you can start building-in happiness is by ensuring your recruitment strategy focuses on developing a diverse workforce across a range of age groups.

This was the finding of recent research carried out by restaurant chain McDonald’s when it surveyed 32,000 of its UK employees. Interestingly, the research showed that staff working in a multi-generational environment tend to be 10% happier compared to those who worked with a peer group of similar age.

Learn more: Training a multi generational workforce

2. Find a team that works well together

It seems an obvious statement and perhaps at times easier said than done, but if you can manage to recruit a team of people that get on well together that natural chemistry is bound to have a positive effect on staff morale.

This was underpinned in a poll conducted by Barclays Bank, which found that the top factor cited by employees for finding work enjoyable was the ability to get on well with their co-workers. In fact, of the 2000 people surveyed, 26% said it was the most important factor.

Learn more: 7 top tips for building effective teams at work

3. Ensure your staff have a good work-life balance

Making sure that your staff are not overworked is another important factor in ensuring they turn up to work motivated and refreshed.

In fact, in the Barclays poll mentioned above, 24% of the people polled saw having a good work-life balance as an important factor in enjoying work.

Employers can take a number of measures to maintain a healthy work-life balance for their staff, including training managers to spot the signs of stress and promoting awareness of the company’s commitment to a balanced approach to work.

Learn more: How to achieve a better work-life balance

Are your staff happy?

Whilst the above surveys offer useful insights into how you can hit new heights of happiness in your workplace, doing your own staff survey can give you specific information on what works best in your own business.

By working with companies such as Happiness Works you can develop a much clearer understanding of your employees’ feelings about happiness and wellbeing at work.

And with some research showing that we are 12% more productive at work when happy, what better motivator for employers to get serious about happiness at work?

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Written by Fiona Sanderson

Fiona is Marketing Manager at myhrtoolkit. Her areas of expertise include HR systems, productivity, employment law updates, and creating HR infographics.

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