Do Happy Employees Equal Productive Employees?
There may be a few who are still skeptical about the claims of employee engagement training experts, but they should heed the results of workplace study after workplace study: happy employees excel in their jobs.
How Managers Can Increase Employee Happiness
The question then for you as a manager is how can you positively influence how your employees feel and, as a direct consequence, improve your team’s performance? If you want to create happy employees who are more productive:
1. Hire the Right People in the First Place
Do not hire people who look at work simply as a chore that needs to be checked off every weekday. Search for and attract employees who care about how they will spend their time, who they want to work with and who seek meaning in what they do. Happy employees find their job fulfilling because they identify with its purpose personally and professionally.
2. Lead Positively
Listen to how you interact with your team and pay attention to the number of positive versus negative comments. The balance should be well in the positive (some say 5-to-1). In fact, a recent study found that teams with a positive-to-negative ratio of greater than 3-to-1 outperformed their less positively led peers.
While the positive feedback must be authentic and earned, positive leadership is a great way to encourage the right behaviors and a “can-do” attitude.
3. Plan Opportunities for Informal Social Interaction
The stronger the relationships among team members, the stronger their dedication to team goals. When employees are connected to their colleagues through caring relationships, the less likely they are to be discontented and disengage. You will know you are on the right track when employees:
The Bottom Line
Happy employees are productive employees. Make sure you create an environment where employees want to work hard for you and your business. You will be rewarded with greater levels of advocacy, performance and retention.
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