A happy workplace isn’t a hard feat to accomplish, but it takes dedication and commitment to creating a cheerful company for your employees. The Austin American Statesman voted EBQuickstart as one of the top places to work in Austin in both 2011 and 2012. To stay happy and to establish the kind of workplace anyone would love to join, hire happy, create a community, minimize micromanaging, be fun and flexible, communicate clearly, and regularly reward.
When hiring, select candidates that fit in with your company culture and are enthusiastic about the mission and goals of the company. This can be achieved by administering pre-employment interviews and tests. Look for traits like optimism, resourcefulness, and vivacity, which provide a good foundation for working relationships among co-workers.
Create a Community
Small actions like saying hi to one another can help to build a workplace community that employees are happy to come to in the morning. Start a system where executives and managers make the time to acknowledge staff and ask all leaders in the company to do the same. These small changes can transform the entire work environment and make the workplace a pleasant place to be.
Fun and Flexible
Work is work, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be fun. Humor can ease tension, relieve stress, and encourage a happy workplace. Each month throw a birthday party with cookies and cake for everyone in the office with a birthday just to have a little bit of fun. Similarly, employees can become overwhelmed with the balance between work-life and personal needs, so when possible consider offering flexible hours, the option to work in teams, and the ability to take off to work from home or for family obligations.
Employees must have the freedom to make their own decisions and be responsible for their work. Micromanaging can cause employees to feel under-valued and eventually cause low productivity. Create tasks and trust employees to complete them. Feeling valued means that employees will want to contribute even more to the happy workplace.
Communication between management and employees must always be crystal clear. Encouraging an “open-door” policy allows staff to voice concerns or complaints before they become serious issues, which will ultimately allow you to take care of any issues early on, instead of after speculation and rumors have swarmed the office.
Bonuses and raises are obvious ways to reward employees, but there are other ways to acknowledge employees for good work: mention employee accomplishments in the company newsletter, give staff a day off for good performance, or after the completion of a big project, celebrate with a luncheon. By regularly rewarding employees you can maintain workplace happiness.