March 9, 2012

What Are the 12 Keys to a Happy Company?

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It’s that mystery ingredient in our company soup that makes all the difference: employee happiness. What is employee happiness, though, and how can company leaders help employees obtain it?

A happy employee is going to do a better job at work, there’s no denying it, and the hope is that an employee’s increased productivity will make the company more profitable. Gallup recently reported that lost productivity due to employee disengagement costs more than $300 billion in the U.S. every year.

So what are some simple things we can do to increase happiness in our companies? One way to build employee happiness is to ensure employees have the following 12 elements fulfilled at work:

1. I know what is expected of me at work.
2. I have the materials and equipment I need to do my work right.
3. At work, I have the opportunity to do what I do best every day.
4. In the last seven days, I have received recognition or praise for doing good work.
5. My supervisor, or someone at work, seems to care about me as a person.
6. There is someone at work who encourages my development.
7. At work, my opinions seem to count.
8. The mission or purpose of my organization makes me feel my job is important.
9. My associates or fellow employees are committed to doing quality work.
10. I have a best friend at work.
11. In the last six months, someone at work has talked to me about my progress.
12. This last year, I have had opportunities at work to learn and grow.

These simple elements, as provided by Gallup, can go a long way to help increase an employee’s happiness. Plus, aside from a little manager training and follow-up, it’s practically free to implement these elements in the workplace.

Sure, a big company party or special financial perks can help boost morale short-term, but the previous simple strategies can help employees feel happy all year long.

And that’s something your company can take to the bank.

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