Work hard, party hard
When Professor Andrew Oswald, Dr Eugenio Proto and Dr Daniel Sgroi from the Department of Economics at the University of Warwick did a study on employee happiness and its effects on productivity it was no surprise that they found happiness can increase productivity by 12% or more. The “more” part comes from places like Google who found they could increase productivity by a whopping 37% by investing more in employee support and engagement.
At Post+Beam we’re no stranger to this concept. It’s a no brainer: do I want my employees happy? Do I want their productivity to go up? If you aren’t saying HECK YES then you may not be as invested in the success of your company as you could be.
So how do you increase employee happiness? Well, let’s look at a few things you can do.
All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy
Someone just starting out in the leadership space may think that setting time aside with their team to just have a good time would be dollars wasted. The real truth though is that it’s money well spent, investing in employee engagement is one of the biggest steps you can make towards company success.
Ways you can introduce some fun:
- Have a party – we recently had a vinyl party and invited the neighbours
- Take an extended team lunch
- Play a game together – we’ve got darts, a putting green, a Super Nintendo and more at our office
Celebrate success and recognize hard work
You absolutely need to recognize the efforts people are making if you want them to feel invested in what they are doing, and it’s not hard.
- Say thank you, tell them they did a good job, and that you really appreciate it – no really, it’s that simple
- If your team reaches a large milestone or completes an entire project, celebrate it. Throw a party, make a fake trophy and present it to the team, buy a cake and some drinks
- Promote and raise people up when they deserve it– if you have a junior titled person doing senior level work something is very wrong
Make the workplace itself fun
- Let employees decorate their desk or working area
- Let people take turns playing music
- We have a keg in our office. No one abuses it, and everyone’s happy.
- Smile at each other, make jokes (work appropriate ones), laugh
The number one way to make people happier: Actually care about them
- Be approachable for your employees
- Ask them how they’re doing, and care about what they have to say
- Listen, listen, listen. Stop, don’t open your mouth and offer a “but” or “however”, just listen.
- Help them with their concerns and work with them to solve things
- Show compassion if someone is having a tough time outside of work
Since coming to Post+Beam I couldn’t be happier with how much everyone here cares for each other. I am so incredibly thankful and lucky to work in a place where my efforts are appreciated and recognized. We work hard, but we make sure to stop and laugh too. We offer clients coming in for a meeting a pint of beer and try to laugh and joke with them too. We may put our noses down, but when we raise them back up there’s a smile on all of our faces. Make sure your employees are smiling too and you won’t regret it.