The Inside Scoop on Happiness in Your Workplace

August 27, 2013

Did you know that 52% of employees admit to being disengaged in their jobs? Through years of research, this statistic has been proved to be a direct link to the amount of happiness employees have in the workplace. In fact, research shows that happy employees have the power to raise sales by 37%, productivity by 31%, and accuracy of tasks by 19%. Cool, right?

So the big question is this: Can an organization raise the level of happiness in their employees? 
Here at Baudville, we think the answer to that question is YES!! Below are four ideas on how to spread some happiness in your workplace! 
Create a Peer-to-Peer Recognition Program
Since our peers know what we do on a daily basis, it’s often more impactful when we receive a “thank you” directly from them! Encourage peer-to-peer recognition in your workplace by creating a program that makes giving recognition to peers fun and rewarding! Here at Baudville, we have our very own Peer-to-Peer Shout-Outs with boards to display them on!
Host a Happy Hour at the Office!
I think we can all relate to the mid-week energy crisis. That time of the week when you’re running out of gas and probably struggling to get through the day. Wednesday isn’t nicknamed hump-day for nothing, after all!  Help your team get through the mid-week slump by hosting a Wednesday happy hour!  Take a break and relax with some non-work-related chatter. Your team will most likely be much more engaged afterward. And engaged employees = happy employees! 
Take Time to Recognize for Specific Results 
Recognition can have a huge impact on employee satisfaction in the workplace. On-the-spot recognition can be a powerful tool to make employees feel valued, leading them to be more engaged in their work. It’s as easy as that! Deliver a dose of happiness by showing gratitude to your employees for specific results such as outstanding customer service or amazing problem solving skills. It can be as simple as a handwritten note
Increase Workplace Perks that your Team Actually Values

Even though you may think you know what perks your employees value, you won’t really know unless you ask!  Make an effort to talk to your employees about what makes them happy in the workplace. Your initiative will be noticed, and catering to your team’s values can have positive effects on their happiness! We Baudvillians LOVE to be rewarded with casual days! According to a recent study, here are a few other highly rated perks:

  • Additional training and learning opportunities
  • Increased employee recognition
  • Half-day Fridays
How do you create workplace happiness? Tell us your thoughts and share your ideas!
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