Happy employees are better workers. With the right efforts, you can help your employees feel safe, motivated and excited to come to work in the morning.
"The greatest competitive advantage in the modern economy is a positive and engaged workforce," said Shawn Achor, founder and CEO of Good Think, according to the Leader to Leader Journal.
Follow these tips to help foster a happier workplace for your staff:
Show that you care
According to The Happy Manager, one way to help foster a more cheerful place of business is to ensure your staff knows you care about them and their situations.
By building strong relationships with mutual respect, you can learn more about your employees and be more in tune with their needs. For example, if you know an employee recently became a parent, show you care by offering a more flexible work schedule and sending a card congratulating him or her.
Keep it positive
Another way to ensure workers come in with smiles on their faces is by promoting positivity in the office. According to Forbes, a positive work environment will help improve creativity and productivity, leading to better business.
"Positive emotions are more fleeting than negative ones," said John Gaspari, a licensed clinical worker who offers advisement regarding employee morale and workplace issues. "They're less intense and less attention-grabbing. But they pay off in major ways - in building friendships and strong partnerships, in higher incomes, and in better physical health and longevity. They don't just reflect success – they cause success."
According to Inc., respect and appreciation are two major ways you can create a more positive work environment. By encouraging both respect and appreciation, you can work to eliminate bullying, harassment and other negative occurrences that might impact your staff.
One way to help promote this positive environment is by fostering in-office friendships.
"When it comes to establishing positive relationships with your coworkers, the most important thing is to get to know them first as individuals," said Dorie Clark, author of Reinventing You. "No one likes to be treated 'instrumentally' - as someone whose only value is in what they can do for you. Instead, ask and learn about their hobbies, families and backgrounds."
Avoid the negative
One factor that might be responsible for creating a negative work environment is the presence of negative employees, noted Business News Daily.
"It's amazing to watch one bad attitude affect everyone's daily performance," said Claire Marshall, director of operations at A. Marshall Family Foods/Puckett's Grocery Restaurant. "I can't tell you how many times I have been thanked after letting poisonous employees go."
Establish an area for your staff
Another way to help promote a happier workplace is by investing in a space for employees to relax and unwind. Ask your employees what an ideal break room would consist of and try to meet the requests that are feasible. With their input, you can create a space your workers will truly appreciate.
Ensuring your employees feel comfortable and satisfied when they come to work in the morning will ultimately help boost productivity and improve employee retention.