9 Tips for Creating a Happy & Healthy Culture

March 18, 2016 by  

In a small organization or a start-up firm, everyone is happy to work together because they know each other well. Everyone loves being involved in the work and that excitement leads the company to success.
But as your company grows, there are a lot of things to consider while still creating a happy, healthy workplace. You need to be more interested in retaining those employees who care about your company’s growth because turnover is very costly.

Here are nine tips for creating a happy and healthy culture:

1. Results Matter
Focus on the output that your employees give you. Spending more time at work does not necessarily increase productivity, especially today when many tasks can even be done remotely. Rather than focusing on the actual time they have spent to complete a task, consider the efficiency expended to get the maximum ROI. After all, results are the key, as long as the expected time lines are met.

2. Give Autonomy to Your Employees
Autonomy plays an essential role in achieving workplace happiness and trust. Companies who provide flexibility and freedom for employees to work “their way”, creates trust, respect and rapport which all lead to quality work as we’ll as improved productivity, efficiency and innovation.
If an employee asks to design a creative marketing campaign for your company, and you have given them the freedom to “run with the ball”…. their confidence and self-esteem will soar!

3. Delete Distracting, Unnecessary Processes
Unnecessary, poorly run meetings, in effective, unclear communication, and pointless emails can be very frustrating for employees. These processes become distractions from work and interfere with their ability to concentrate and be productive.
Try to eliminate such redundant which just seem like time wasters.

4. Engage your Team
Employee engagement is key to achieving and maintaining a high happiness factor in every aspect of an organization. You can accomplish this by involving them, at various levels, in the decision-making process. It is also important to establish open, honest lines of communication so that employees feel they can come to you directly to discuss any problems, and you will listen and act on a feasible solution.

5. Honesty
Be transparently honest and so that your employees know exactly “for whom” they are working and “why”. Help them to understand how they fit into the big picture and how much their contributions are valued. Many large organizations have failed because they are not authentic, supportive, and encouraging to their employees. Employees are happier in a workplace when they are clearly aware of the company’s core values, aims, and goals.

6. Advancement Opportunities
Everyone wants to grow and move ahead, as well as improve their industry position through the quality of work they are able to provide. Therefore it is important for a company to provide those growth opportunities through skills training to improve current skills as well as being able to gain new ones. If an employee feels that there is no room to grow, and their position will never change, then they will likely disengage out of boredom or even leave.

7. Work/Life Balance
Personal problems can have a big impact on whether your employees are happy at work. It is better to provide flexibility in the workplace, so that employees can balance their work & personal lives.
If an employee is suffering from personal problems, this will quite definitely affect their work. He or she could have difficulty concentrating on any given task. So, helping them to overcome the issue benefits everyone.

8. Offer Incentives
Naturally, employees want to get noticed and earn rewards when tasks are completed successfully and in a timely fashion. It is important that every employee be acknowledged for the work they do. Rewards and recognition can have a powerful effect on an employee’s motivation and efforts. They do not even have to big items, sometimes a simple verbal acknowledgement will suffice…..it shows you noticed their efforts! Surprise employees from time to time with a meal voucher to a nice restaurant or a weekend away for something especially well done. This sort of reward is more powerful than regular bonuses, etc.

9. Provide for Your Employees’ Health
It is important to take care of your employees’ health. If employees come to work sick, they can infect others and they will not likely be doing their best work either. If you offer sick leave and free health checkups, it will lead to less down time plus it demonstrates that you truly care about their well-being. Today, many companies offer yoga and meditation sessions, in-house gyms, or fitness memberships, and healthy snacks to ensure the wellness of the employees.

If you take care of your employees, they will develop purpose and motivation toward high achievement!