When it comes to the office, many people think that co-workers have to be strangers for the work to get done. However, research has shown that working with co-workers you care about can have surprising benefits. For one, working with people you care about makes you more efficient. When you feel like you are part of a team and are surrounded by people who support your efforts, you will be less likely to procrastinate and more likely to get things done. Additionally, working with people you care about makes the work less strenuous. We all know that when we enjoy our work, it doesn't feel like work at all! Finally, working with people you like makes you care about the work you do and the work they do. When we feel invested in our co-workers, we are more likely to go above and beyond to help them succeed. In the end, workplace happiness is key to a successful business - so why not surround yourself with people you care about? It just might be the best decision you ever make for your career.
Happiness in the workplace is often thought of as a pipe dream - something that's unattainable and unimportant. However, new research is showing that happiness in the workplace is actually essential to success. A study recently found that happy employees are more productive, and companies with happy employees experience considerably less turnover. Additionally, happy employees take an average of ten sick days per year, while unhappy employees take almost twice as many. This means that not only are happy employees more productive, but they also save their companies money by taking fewer sick days. With all of this evidence, it's clear that happiness in the workplace is a key ingredient to success. So, how can you create a happy workplace? Here are a few tips:
-Encourage employees to socialize with co-workers outside of work. This will help them form bonds and feel more connected to their co-workers, which will make coming to work each day more enjoyable.
-Go to work with and maintain a generally positive attitude. It's hard enough being at work without having to deal with stressful days and attitudes from other employees, so make sure you speak up if something is making you unhappy.
-Make sure your employees have the opportunity to balance their work and home life. A healthy work/life balance is essential to happiness, so offer flexible hours or working from home days when possible.
-Create an environment that is conducive to happiness. This means ensuring that the physical space is comfortable and that there is plenty of natural light. It also means having fun.
-Encourage employees to take breaks throughout the day. Breaks are essential to happiness and productivity, so make sure your employees have the opportunity to step away from their workstations and take a walk or chat with co-workers.
What are some other things you can do to create a happy workplace? Share your ideas in the comments below!
-Zachary Dodson, MA, CCHt, LMHC
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