According to Jonathan Strickland of Howstuffworks.com, “Offering on-site benefits, have the added bonus of keeping the employee workforce in the office more often. Give employees enough reasons to stick around and you’ll likely see productivity go up. Why head home when everything you need is at work?”
Have you ever had a job that made you miserable, where just getting out of bed seemed like such a hassle? If so, do you remember how the lack of enthusiasm for your job made your loose your jobs ‘focus factor’? Many studies have shown the advantages of a happy work environment. Some of these advantages include increased productivity, quality of work, lower absenteeism, stress and burnout, higher sales and customer satisfaction, among many others.
Melissa Dahl of MSNBC, reporting on a study done by Harvard University, writes: “New research shows that happiness isn’t just an individual phenomenon; we can catch happiness from friends and family members like an emotional virus. When just one person in a group becomes happy, researchers were able to measure a three-degree spread of that person’s cheer. On average, every happy person in your social network increases your own chance of cheer by 9 percent — and the effects of catching someone else’s happiness lasts up to one year.”
So then, if happiness is a key contributor to employee productivity, what have we done as a company to boost our employees? The answer we developed was Free Food Friday. It may not be free food everyday like a mammoth company such as Google, but it’s still valuable. Lunch is provided every non-payday week along with some ‘getting to know you and getting to know the company’ conversation. Having all the employees in one place every other week for some fellowship has proven to create happiness and grow friendships. In addition great management has also been a key contributor to our office happiness. Each manager is given the unique opportunity to create a cohesive and happy environment for their staff. Some bring coffee or snacks on occasion, give encouragement when needed, and laughter and music request days to lighten the mood. It’s the small boosters that keep employees happy on a day-to-day basis.
This is what we do, what has your company done to create employee happiness?