What makes you happy? Is it your best friend? A long walk? Tacos? All of these things can make us happier throughout the day and can be incorporated into your company culture to create a happier work environment.
Employee disengagement is costing the economy an estimated $550 billion in lost productivity, according to Gallup. They average worker is only staying in the job for around 4 years before hopping to a better one. Great company culture can keep employees engaged, productive and wanting to stick around.
Research has proven that some of the most successful company cultures attribute their productivity to happiness. I mean, think about Pharrell Williams’ song “Happy.” The song was so popular that Pluto.TV dedicated a whole channel to all things “happy.”
The point is, happiness in the workplace matters. If you’re looking for some ways bring some smiles out of your employees, here are five hacks to get you started:
1. Get up off that seat
Think about implementing a wellness program. Healthy employees are happier, more likely to be on time and get out of bed in the morning, and more likely to bring positive vibes into the office. Endorphins lead to an improved mood. You can start out will a small program like adding an hour-long yoga class or getting a group of people to go on a quick jog during lunch.
I know, this pretty much contradicts everything I just said, but come on, a couple tacos here and there aren’t going to kill you. Plus, who doesn’t love tacos? Try having a Taco Tuesday once a month. It won’t take up any more time than a normal lunch hour and it’s something your employees will look forward to each and every month.
3. Bring Your Pet To Work Day
Remember that day in 3rd Grade when you were able to bring your pup to class for a show and tell? Bring it back! Once a year, host a show and tell where your staff can bring in their dog for some extra companionship. This might not work for all work environments but, if it’s possible for yours, it could help combat stress and help keep your best people feeling refreshed when they return to work.
4. Provide feedback
Your team craves attention and feedback, regardless of whether it’s positive or negative. They want their work to be noticed. Improve your existing feedback program by setting up a quarterly meeting where the whole team can talk about each member’s performance. This way, your team can see their contributions laid out.
Most people want to be proud of where they work. When someone asks you what you do for a living? You want to like answering the question instead of dreading it. This can easily happen by giving back and volunteering. Research by the Intelligence Group discovered 64 percent of Millennials say making the world a better place is a professional priority. We all know, or at least we should, how great it feels when someone does something for us unexpectedly. That’s the happiness you want to instill in your team.
Happy employees are productive employees. Think about adding one or all of these happiness hacks into your company culture. Using unique and uncommon methods keeps your team on their toes and will have them grinning from ear-to-ear!
Natalie Pike is the Inbound Marketing Coordinator at Hireology, a selection-management platform that helps hiring manager make better hiring decisions.