If you had to take a guess about how happy your employees are working for you, how happy would you say they are? Many reading this would say their employees and co-workers have never been happier, but their thoughts and opinions on worker happiness is essentially wrong. According to a study done by Right Management and the staffing firm Manpower Group, only 19% of currently employed workers are happy with their job.
We know what some of you may be thinking. Work isn’t supposed to be all fun and games, work is just supposed to be work! The real problem is that unhappy employees aren’t just miserable, they’re also making everyone else’s job miserable. Unhappy workers aren’t productive, motivated, or innovative, and their feelings tend to spread around the office. If you want to make your employees happy, you don’t have to do anything crazy. Follow these tips to bring the happiness back into your office.
Give them new responsibilities
This may sound like just giving your employee more work to do, but it goes much deeper than that. Would you be happy doing the same thing over and over again during the day? You have a variety of people employed that all have their own unique skills and abilities. Allow them to step outside of their office role/comfort zone and take on new tasks and responsibilities that they’re interested in. Nobody is happy if they feel like they’re stagnant, and a new role or project could be what they need to stay happy.
Sometimes employees are unhappy because they feel like they’re ignored or under appreciated. When was the last time you’ve told somebody that you’re happy with their work? If you don’t tell them, they won’t be able to know about it. Make sure that you tell them whenever you’re happy with what they’re doing. Sometimes a few kind words can go a long way at the office, and some small tokens of appreciation can do wonders for motivation. A simple lapel pin that can be awarded to the best employee in a department can do a lot to motivate your employees and help keep them happy.
Make yourself available
When was the last time you’ve had one on one time with an employee? Are you the kind of boss that is there with them in the morning and until they leave, or do you just breeze in and out of the office? Absentee bosses don’t do any good to help employee happiness, and if you’ve been neglecting your management and boss duties your employees will notice and wonder where you are. Make yourself available to your employees, but don’t expect them to take the first step. Reach out to them and start seeing them on your own time. Once you open up to them they’ll be more than happy to do the same for you.