During the last week of September, from the 21st to the 27th, companies and individuals around the globe are invited to celebrate the International Week of Happiness at Work for the third time. The event was created to promote happiness at work around the globe and runs in September as a post-summer break is an excellent time to review how we work, and specifically, our happiness at work.
The concept of workplace happiness is relatively new, but research shows that having a positive experience at work is nowadays far more important than it has been in the past and should not be ignored. There is an obvious connection between happiness at work and the productivity of employees, which creates a good environment to be into. Happier employees are more engaged, feel more supported and happier in their daily activities, all this driving towards a better quality of their work and enjoyment.
For a long time, the organization thought that a culture based on high pressure and fear would drive more engagement that would result in better financial outcomes. That imminent stress to always deliver will eventually lead to the feeling that you are not competent enough for your job. The reality is that in a long-term vision if employees are not feeling valued, secure, supported, and respected, the chance of them voluntarily resigning their job grows exponentially.
Although happiness it’s subjective for each individual, cultivating an environment in which employees can trust their colleagues and socialize while having a feeling of safety, should be the foundation to start any improvement of wellbeing at work. Most organizations take steps to proactively promote a better work lifestyle, such as flexible working policies, team-building events, training sessions, and what other fun ideas the HR team can think of.
Here are some of the best practices we think can make an improvement:
- Involve employees in dialogue and decision making. By simply including employees in the process of finding a solution, they will feel ownership of the final decision, know that their opinion is important, and realize that their role is one capable of great impact.
- Use applications to engage as a team. Boost the health and performance of your company by using an application scientifically made to create better habits, such as NewU. You can improve team cohesion by accessing a portal where you can create tailor-made challenges that offer plenty of possibilities depending on what areas you want to develop.
- Strengthen skills. Investing in their skill and growth not only maintains their productivity level high but builds trust and encourages commitment along with the team members. Getting knowledge from more experienced employees, engaging in discussions, training, or tasks can be used to make it as cost-effective as possible.
- Mentoring and buddy systems. Starting a new job can be a stressful situation on its own, therefore having someone who is not your direct superior that can help a newcomer with their possible administrative question is going to make them learn about the company faster.
Happiness at work, or in everyday life, is one of the most attractive benefits a workplace can offer and a fundamental human aspiration. Disengagement or mental exhaustion caused by excessive and prolonged stress are nevertheless some of the main concerns that most organizations have to face to this day.
“Most people chase success at work, thinking that will make them happy. The truth is that happiness at work will make you successful” – Alexander Kjerulf
Here at InFinIT Partners, we believe in a different kind of work-life, as a way of living in which we encourage each other to consciously choose to accept, understand, communicate, and trust. We continuously strive for improvement and being successful in our fields and making sure that the workplace is a safe place for all the employees, a place where they want to grow and innovate.