around Christmas could be contributing to a lull in your mood. This unhappiness can manifest in a number of ways, most severely at work. The University of Warwick previously published an article highlighting that happiness can increase employees’ productivity by up to 12%. If this isn’t convincing enough, Google, after investing more in employees’ support, became 37% more productive as a workforce.
So, how do we do achieve this?
A 2011 study by NCIB shows that getting in touch with nature is a very effective means of reducing stress among employees. As well as this, the growth and nursing of planets allow for air purification, a calming work atmosphere and is even linked to improving overall health.
Rearrange the office space
Even small changes to the office can have an impact. Switching to ergonomic furniture, or introducing a relaxing communal area, can energise your employees and lead to a happier working environment.
A walking break over lunch can be an easy way to increase productivity. A break away from work can help clear the head and allow your employees to get in the right frame of mind for their next task.
Keep the promises you make
Many employees consider a good manager should be one that understands their employees, listens to their requests, and acts upon them. Allowing your employees to see that their concerns are heard and acted upon will have a great impact on their productivity.
Managers must be good at communicating with their team. In this sense, it may be wise to embark on a specialised training course, like the ones offered through Simetral, to engage and motivate your employees and managers to achieve higher productivity levels.
Having a laugh
Laughing has been proven to reduce stress and boost overall moods. Good team communication can lead to happier employees. If laughing is not appropriate, allow the employees to go on trips which can provide means of building rapport, leading to connected, friendly and happy teams.
Start a club
Continue to increase your team’s communication by holding clubs or events where they can socialise and engage with each other. This will show your employees that you value them personally, not just financially.
Nothing can progress unless you trust your employees. Let a few chosen employees start different tasks with small groups and give them feedback on the work they produce. This will show them that the managers trust them and will also introduce them to new, engaging working environments.
Finally, listen to your employees and allow them to see how valued and wealthy they are to the team. Make sure that you listen to their ideas, see what suits them best, and try to incorporate them into the office, and you’ll be on your way to a healthy, happy workforce.