A new poll has found that less than half of Australian workers are happy with their job. In the survey of 4,800 Australians, it was also found that only a small percentage of workers were actively looking to change their situation. As happiness in the workplace is linked to productivity, it is crucial for organisations to take steps to promote a happier work life in order to keep employees engaged.
Benefits of a happy workplace
According to a study, happier workers were 12% more productive than average people, while unhappier workers were 10% less productive. Happy employees also take less sick leave than their unhappy colleagues. Moreover, happy workers tend to treat their customers with more respect and are more likely to go the extra mile to serve them. Happy and satisfied workers also tend to work harder and get more accomplished. For all these reasons, employers should follow tangible steps to ensure the happiness and well-being of their workers. Here are 4 ways to keep your employees happy and productive.
1. Ask your employees for their input
Having your staff and managers offer their input will make them feel valued and equal in status. One way to do this is to conduct surveys to measure employee happiness, career goals, and employee plans. You can do an annual survey to know more about your employees and the things that you can do to ensure that they stay engaged at work.
2. Offer flexible work options
The one thing that workers often dream about is having more time—time to spend with their family, time to look after themselves, and time to do other productive things apart from work. To spark employee happiness, you can offer flexible work options that will allow your employees to have more time to do most of the things that they want to do while still completing their projects. You can approve telecommuting or compressed work weeks or even extended leaves.
3. Recognise success
Employers should make it a point to recognise a job well done. While a monetary reward or perk is often appreciated, a study of 17,000 Australian workers suggests that love of work and not money is the key to feeling satisfied in the workplace. For your employee to love his work, he needs to feel valued in your organisation. To do this, you can send a heartfelt email praising your employee’s work, or better yet, praise him at the next company meeting. An email or public recognition or praise reinforces your organisation’s values, and being praised can motivate the recipient to be even better at his work.
4. Provide opportunities for career growth
Even the best employee won’t be happy doing the same job over and over again. To maintain high levels of productivity, your organisation should provide opportunities for career growth by providing training, allowing your workers to attend conferences, or having an internal mentorship program in the workplace.
The key to employee happiness is by taking concrete steps to help them achieve their goals. In doing so, you not only enrich your workers’ lives, but you also contribute to the success of your organisation.
Contribution from freelance writer, Jenny Holt.
About the Author:
Barbara Clifford (The Time Tamer) is a time management & stress management enthusiast based in Alice Springs, Australia. She has spent over 20 years working in time precious and stressful industries such as film, hospitality, and marketing. She has always had a burning passion for creating order and making sense of things. She is sought after like a beacon in a sea of chaos to provide professional development in the business environment through workshop training, coaching, mentoring, online training programs, webinars and as a guest speaker around Australia. Her professional experience has included contracts with small business, Not For Profits, Aboriginal Organisations, Media, Marketing, Aged Care, Universities, Health Services and Cruise Ships. Follow Barbara on Twitter @barbclifford.