If your employees feel happy and cheery at work, they’ll not only enjoy their work day more, they’ll also be more productive and creative! Having happy employees is a win-win for everyone. But what is the secret to happiness? Well, while the world’s best philosophers continue working on that answer, here are some easy and simple ways you can brighten the mood in your office each and every day!
It might not surprise you to hear that just the mere site of stacks of unsorted paper and loose odds and ins creates raises stress levels. If your employees feel overwhelmed by all the paper, chances are they’ll never get around to sorting through it. In addition to the negative effects of just looking at all the clutter, your employees likely detest trying to sort through it to find the documentation they need. Invest in easy storage, like folders, paper holders, and document boxes. You’ll immediately see more smiles around the office!
Occasionally bring your office employees surprises like coffee, donuts, free t-shirts, or candy. No need to go out of your way or over budget, just keep an eye out for sales or discounts happening around town. You don’t need to do this every day-- once a month would make a noticeable impact. Surprising your employees will make them feel appreciated, and a pure love of surprises is universal across all ages and regions.
Relax- I mean plants! Two recent prominent studies has discovered that having a live plant on your desk increases feelings of happiness and contentedness amongst the office staff. Try adding easy-to-maintain plants to your office space like Pothos, Aloe, Spider Plants, English Ivy, Rubber Trees, Jade Plants, and Snake Plants.
Encourage your employees to style their desks with things they like or photos from home. Create a child dog and cat board, the way doctors offices have a wall of baby photos. Reminders of home will keep your employees smiling and will create a pleasant office atmosphere where employees ask each other about how their spouses, kids, and/or pets are doing!
Allow your employees to earn rewards for good work! Try creating a points system based on calls made in a day, or even just “a job well done” that can be used towards a free hour (come in late, or enjoy a longer lunch) or free lunches. Just make sure it’s fair, so all employees get equal chances to win points.
Lighten the Dress Code
People are happier when they’re wearing clothes they like and feel comfortable in. Allow jeans and t-shirts, or at least bring the bar down from button down shirts to collard shirts. Let your employees express themselves via their clothes. This will cost you nothing, but go a long way towards making your employees feel happier at work!
Guest Author: Diana Mackie, Funding Gates.