A happy workplace culture improves teamwork, raises employees’ morale, increases productivity and efficiency, and enhances retention of talent.
Doug Conant once said, “To win the marketplace, you must first win the workplace.” By believing and constantly implementing/sharing this mantra, he was able to turn things around for his company.
According to research an average person devotes 90,000 hours of their life to work. It is a significant amount of time that makes us think: how can we create an environment where our employees will actually enjoy being in?
It all has to do with the workplace culture.
Why? Workplace culture is basically a company’s personality that embraces its values, traditions and rules. Workplace culture makes your employees identify themselves with it as long as they feel comfortable doing so.
There are some tricks that you can use to create a happier working culture and will really make your employees part of it.
#1 Tailor your communication style
An effective internal communication is definitely very important and has a huge influence on employees. Provide your employees with a place where they can share their knowledge and express their opinions.
All employees want to be heard, but not everyone feels confident to share their thoughts face to face.
#2 Support flexible working hours
A flexible schedule will boost employees’ effectiveness and satisfaction. The 9-to-5 workday is dying, and making life more comfortable for your employees will definitively result in a happier workplace culture.
Furthermore, remote working is another trick that helps to balance life and work. Have you ever thought that some of your employees may be more productive while working in their domestic sanctuaries?
#3 Cut down on the number of internal meetings
A meeting culture may do more harm than good.
A myriad number of meetings turns a normal working day into a one big meeting session with precious little time left for actual work. How you can battle that?
#4 Put long working hours on your company’s blacklist
Working until the break of dawn may not necessarily mean that an employee works really hard, rather may be a sign of some productivity problems. It is better to find the root of the problem rather than sweeping it under the rug.
#5 Be a manager – mentor, not a boss
This role relies on making others inspired and motivated. Apart from that, a manager – mentor acts like a guide in a business jungle, he shows different paths – solutions as well as opportunities for growth.
A manager – mentor is characterized by giving on-going feedback, which helps employees know their progress or weak points. Moreover, a manager – mentor listens to his employees, as they are his treasury of knowledge.
#6 Handling and Reducing employee stress
According to an aggregated report by Health Advocate, stress has a profoundly negative impact on worker productivity to the tune of $300 billion each year.
Keeping your employees calm can help them focus and take ownership of any task and will hence boost their contributions to the company. There are numerous ways of keeping your employees stress free.
#7 Continuous Feedback and Learning
According to PwC, nearly 60% of survey respondents reported that they would like feedback on a daily or weekly basis—a number that increased to 72% for employees under age 30.
The biggest MNCs in the world understand the value and are now moving towards this system of performance review. Companies like Facebook, Adobe etc. have implemented continuous feedback and have seen great results.
#8 Focus on Employee Engagement
Highly engaged business units result in 21% greater profitability (Gallup)
Survey Analytics, found that there is a direct correlation between the level of engagement of employees and the revenue earned by a company. In their study, companies with engaged employees earned almost 2.5X more revenue than their competitors with low engagement levels.
Continuous Feedback is a part of this bigger picture and the above data proves the importance of this factor to boost productivity at the workplace.
Believe it or not, recognition beats out rewards in the workplace. And, it’s 100% free!
When you were a kid, your teachers would praise you for doing a good job and put a happy face on your drawing…. or better yet, when you got your term paper back from your professor and it was marked 99%, “great job,” remember how that made you feel?
Surprisingly the same types of kudos work today. Although money can be a motivator, if your boss doesn’t notice you are contributing at a high level, then your hard work seems to go unnoticed. If you recognize, they will reward you with hard work and dedication.
#10 Thank them!
Let’s put some manners back in the workplace. Not enough can be said for the simple “Thank You.” I purposely made this its own category of motivation because it’s so easy, it takes 5 seconds and its just not said enough.
A kind thank you is a reward in real time and can turn a day of bad events into a happy drive home from the office. If you say “thank you,” they will notice.
To be empowered means to tell all employees your mission, your vision and what it takes for the company to be successful. Including employees in the corporate strategy gives them a purpose.
Aligning employee goals to corporate strategy gives them the power of success. If they succeed, you will succeed.
Empowering your employees also means that you should be compensating them generously – at least slightly above the market rate to keep them. (Read: What was your best moment when negotiating a salary?)
To celebrate is defined as “to observe a notable occasion with festivities.” Celebrations play an important part in workplace unity.
Celebrations are especially important when milestones are met, such as; a team exceeds its goals, a project is completed before the deadline, the company revenue goals exceed projections, or your latest customer satisfaction survey gets a glowing review.
Everyone wants to be part of a winning team so celebrate the little and the big wins…..and do it often. If you celebrate, everyone will be energized.
Conclusion: Start fostering a Positive Workplace Culture
“Culture is defined at the top ; but execution relies on everyone in the organisation”.
Have an open and on-going discussion to make sure that the people and the brand are aligned. Leaders listening to what their team need from them to succeed and team members working towards the goal of the brand as a whole can bring happiness.
Having the right tools can make your motivation efforts easy by streamlining the process of setting goals, evaluating performance, recognizing wins, identifying those who need help, and last but not least rewarding and keeping your high performers.
Once you understand what makes your team happy, the next step is to make sure you continuously measure your ability to deliver on that, and understand what impact your actions are having on promoting the ideal happy workplace culture suited for your team.