Cultivating a Happy Office Culture

It has been proven time and again that happy employees are motivated and productive workforce. And disappointed and unhappy employees are sluggish and disagreeable team members. It makes sense then for companies and even micro offices to cultivate a happy and positive workplace.

Happy employees wake up excited and look forward to going to work. They anticipate a productive and fun day at the office. They feel valued and are friends with their co-workers. They openly and enthusiastically put forward ideas and will willingly work together to achieve the organization’s goals.

Unhappy employees will take every opportunity to skip work. And when they are at work physically, they are somewhere else mentally. They feel unrecognized and unappreciated. They think they are just wasting their time and are most probably spending work hours and using your internet looking for other work opportunities. They would have something to undermine a good idea and will withhold contributing to the team.

A happy and positive corporate culture have exponentially increased teamwork and productivity. A happy workplace is also an employee magnet, attracting the best and most skilled workers. Google, Facebook, and Adobe are three of the top companies who successfully banked on a happy culture to motivate employees.

Here are the four factors that form the foundation of a happy office culture;

  1. Employees fit the job and the company – Hiring the right employees is vital to forming a cohesive team. Hiring review and assessment of applicants should not be limited to their professional capabilities and qualifications. You must also check if they are the right fit with the team you have and the culture you are trying to nurture.
  2. Employees are heard – They are open to sharing ideas and solutions because they know their opinions are heard and valued. In a happy and positive workplace, opinions are heard and considered, no matter the position or tenure. Everyone has a say in company decisions.
  3. Employees know the corporate values and goals – Communication is a vital component to any organization. Employees who know and are passionate about the company’s goals are more loyal, effective, and able to contribute to the success of the collective goals.
  4. You have a team of employees – A happy workplace has people working as a team. Everyone has a role and function specific to his or her skill and expertise, making each employee an efficient and important part of a group. On the contrary, an unhappy office has individuals with working titles and positions, which come with definite authority and responsibilities. Each employee is aware of, looks after, and cares mostly for his or her respective position.

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