How does the science of happiness relate to business owners and supervisors? According to Harvard Magazine, it’s all about creating a positive work environment.
The article cites a study that found happy employees are more productive and take fewer sick days. It also points out that happy employees are more likely to be innovative and come up with new ideas.
So how can you create a positive work environment? The article offers several tips, including:
Make sure employees feel appreciated. Regularly give feedback on their performance and provide recognition for their work.
Encourage collaboration. Allow employees to work together and share ideas. This helps them feel valued, which leads to a more positive workplace.
Provide clear goals and expectations. Helping employees set realistic goals helps them stay motivated and focused on their work.
Foster trust between management and staff members. Show that you care about your employees by listening to their ideas and being open to new ways of doing things.
Create a comfortable environment. Make sure employees have the tools, resources and support they need to do their jobs well
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Finally, don’t forget about having fun in the workplace! Incorporate activities into the workplace that will help everyone
Encourage collaboration among co-workers. Working in teams can help foster creativity and build relationships that will make employees feel more connected to the company.
Create a sense of purpose in your work environment. Communicate the company’s mission and values to employees so that they feel invested in the success of the organisation.
Foster open communication between supervisors and workers. Let them know their opinions matter. By creating a positive work environment, you will be able to reap the rewards of happier and more productive employees.
Provide opportunities for training and development. Investing in your employees will help them to stay on top of industry trends and become better at what they do. It will also show that you value their contributions and are invested in their success.
If you’re a business owner or supervisor, these are all things you should keep in mind. Creating a happy, productive work environment can be challenging, but it’s definitely worth the effort.
Find out more in the original article here: https://www.harvardmagazine.com/2007/01/the-science-of-happiness.html
This article summary was created by Eleanor Shakiba
Eleanor is a leadership trainer, success coach and people skills expert. She helps managers and business owners build thriving teams and organisations, using tools from Positive Psychology. She's trained more than 60,000 people during her career as a corporate trainer and professional development consultant. Her mission is inspiring talented people to become leaders who make a difference.