Happy employees work harder and do a better job than those that are unhappy. While you cannot control all areas of an employee’s life that affects their happiness, there are some easy changes that can be made to the workplace to help boost the moods of those who work there.
After all, employees make or break a business, and helping them enjoy what they do and the company they work for is a sign of a good manager.
No one really enjoys working in a cold, harsh space. Comfortable furniture and natural lighting can go a long way. A few reasonable perks now and then never hurt either. A café style break area, free coffee, and special events are a nice touch.
Creating opportunities for the team to relax and enjoy their time together can be beneficial. Holiday parties, monthly catered lunches, or just an occasional company hosted cocktail hour are good ideas.
Allowing employees opportunities to give back through the company can help the feel good not only about themselves, but about the business. If they feel they are working for a company that cares, they will be proud of where they work, and proud of themselves for taking part.
Clothing and food drives, hosting a charity walk, and reading to local school children are just a few of many possibilities.
Remote Workers Matter, Too
If you have remote team members, they can often feel out of the loop and forgotten about. While they have the obvious perk of working from home, it can be good to help them feel included when possible. Invite them to special events, and consider creating a “virtual water cooler” of sorts where they can communicate with each other both socially and on work related matters.
A forum can work well for social interaction, as can a simple Facebook group. As for business collaboration, there are many project management software options available.
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