Successful employees are happy employees

Being happy, they can influence the workplace vibe significantly and set the tone for a healthier, happier workplace for everyone.

When workers are happy at the workplace, they are more productive, have less sick days, are less absent during the day, need less managing and have more successful career outcomes.

They want to work harder and smarter. They give more and “go the extra mile” willingly. They are also more creative and less likely to leave the company, and have fewer conflicts at work.

All of this ultimately means more money and a better service or product for the organisation and better mental health outcomes for the staff member.

That’s the happiness gospel according to Diane Lang, a psychotherapist, author and speaker who has come up with the following list of 15 ways to make employees happy.

Although targeted at managers, many of the tips can be implemented by staff themselves – regardless of what their boss does. The way you think and act governs your happiness, so see which of these tips resonate most with you and choose some to implement in your daily working life.

Here are Diane’s 15 ways to make employees happy.

  1. Appreciate your employees and co-workers by recognising their small accomplishments with praise and appreciation.
  2. Don’t wait for reviews/evaluations to praise your workers or colleagues.
  3. Show employees and colleagues you care by paying attention to their small accomplishments.
  4. Show appreciation for hard work by giving compliments.
  5. You can never very “thank you” too much. It says “I appreciate your hard work.”
  6. Know your co-workers by name.
  7. Be involved – say “hello”. Ask them about their weekends, family, etc.
  8. Socialisation is a key factor for happiness, so the more fun and social a workplace is, the happier employees are.
  9. Don’t micromanage your employee! It lowers their motivation and mental health, and the overall morale of the work unit.
  10. Even more important than money/getting a raise at the workplace is free time. Offer motivation to your employees by getting a paid day off, or offer a more flexible schedule. So, instead on being set on the typical 9-5 hours, allow them to choose their schedule, so maybe one day they come in 9-5 but the next day they might have a special carer responsibility, so let them come in from 8am to 4pm. Flexibility allows your employees to have an outside life and take care of family; workers are much happier if they feel their employer is family friendly and cares about them.
  11. When a worker’s basic needs are met and they are healthy, they are happier. Support your workers’ happiness by setting up an outside area to eat and walk so they can get their Vitamin D dose of fresh air and sunshine. Can you offer a work-out centre or have a deal with a gym where employees can get a discount? It’s also important to arrange company activities that include socialisation and exercise: a walk or run for charity, outside picnics, and barbecues with outside activities like volleyball or Frisbee. Offer lifestyle coaching workshops for employees on wellbeing.
  12. Provide a healthy environment that includes good lighting, plenty of natural sunlight, a water cooler or water filter for plenty of fresh water, plants etc.
  13. Encourage your workers to take small breaks where they can get up, stretch, and take a break from the computer so they can refresh, which will help improve their creativity and productivity.
  14. Encourage holidays – workers come back happier, refreshed and motivated. Everyone needs a break.
  15. Have weekly meetings going over the good news for the week. Most meetings go over what’s missing or bad events that happen. Switch it around to a “sharing the good” meeting.

Remember that moods and emotions are contagious, so be the happy boss (or the happy worker)! You’re the role model and mentor. How you act is contagious. Encourage the simple things like hello, smiles, thank you and lunch breaks.