According to Jim Rohn, author and motivational speaker, success leaves clues. A common trait shared by the most successful companies in the world is that they innovate to achieve happiness at work.
The importance of keeping employees happy is no longer a mystery. In fact, if an organization truly wants to succeed, achieving happiness at work should not be taken for granted.
Employees are at the forefront of keeping the business operational. While customers are the people that sustains the organization, it is the employees that handle them.
Richard Branson, founder of the Virgin Group, is famous for his line, “Clients do not come first. Employees come first. If you take care of your employees, they will take care of your clients”.
Modeling from the most successful business will allow you to realize that achieving happiness at work is one of the major keys to success. Following what they did to achieve happiness at work can be applied to your organization.
These are some of the benefits your organization will experience after achieving happiness at work:
- Increased productivity – companies that have happy employees perform 20% better.
- Increased sales – customer experience is linked to employee satisfaction. According to statistics, 87% of people are willing to pay more just because of customer experience. Happy employees help produce happy customers, thus leading to more sales.
- Loyal workers and better retention – millennials are beginning to fill up 3 quarters of the entire workforce. They are centered around “work-life balance” and are loyal to jobs they are happy to keep on working at.
- Creative and innovative employees – happy employees are more engaged in their work. Because of this, they contribute more creative and innovative ideas and solutions.
- Less Absences – happy workers are 10 times less likely to be absent than their disengaged colleagues.
The key to achieving happiness at work is to be more focused on the employees. Many have shared their development on how they achieved happiness at work. We’ve done the research for you and here are the 3 steps companies took to achieve happiness at work:
Added Employee Perks
Employee benefits such as free meals and free access to gyms and swimming pools might seem like an unsustainable way to make workers happy. However, top companies like Google have continued to invest in employee support and satisfaction.
In fact, their budget for employee support and satisfaction rose by 37%. To give you an idea, here are some of the perks Google employees enjoy:
- Free chef-prepared organic meals
- Free haircuts
- Access to gyms and swimming pools
- Free health and dental
- Hybrid car subsidies
- Subsidized massages
- Entertainment areas (video games, foosball, pingpool, etc)
- Nap pods
- On-site physicians
- Free dry cleaning
- Death benefits
While their efforts for achieving happiness at work seem like a huge cost, they believe that the investment is worth it. Added employee benefits may take a huge cut in their budget but so does disengaged employees.
According to studies, happy and engaged employees are 12% to 20% more productive. Moreover, it creates a positive company culture.
Pets in the Workplace
Large companies are allowing and encouraging their employees to bring their pets to work. While companies taking this move is still a minority, the number of employers starting to move towards this trend is increasing.
While there can be disadvantages with having pets in the office, companies that allow pets in the workplace proved that the benefits far outweigh the consequences.
According to Chris Bonacci of Harpoon Brewery, the productivity of the workers didn’t go down when they started allowing their employees to bring their pets. What went down, he said, was blood pressure.
Here are the benefits of having pets in the workplace.
- Pets help relieve stress
- Pets encourage positive social interactions between workers
- Pets help improve productivity because employees would tend to work longer hours.
- Employees have fewer absences
- Allowing pets attract highly skilled candidates that are pet owners
- Pets improve the organization’s brand and image
Here are statistics from a survey conducted by ORC International:
- 37% of pet parents are willing to sacrifice vacation time and take a pay cut so they can bring their pet to work.
- 22% of respondents stated that they would be more productive if they could bring their pets at their workplace.
- A whopping 44% of 1,100 pet owners said that they would consider leaving their job to move to a pet-friendly organization.
This information proves bringing pets to the office can be a great contributor in achieving happiness at the workplace.
Healthy Office Design
We spend a third of our lives working. Offices with bad or unhealthy designs greatly affect the performance of employees. Imagine spending a third of your life in a bad environment.
Knowing the impact of office design in relation to employee satisfaction and happiness, top organizations addressed this with innovative solutions. Here are some surprising facts about office designs that you may use to bring a change in your organization’s workspace.
- According to a study conducted by the Department of Design and Environmental Analysis at Cornwell, employees that are working 10 feet away from a window reported an 84% decrease in eyestrain, blurred vision symptoms and headaches.
- Adding natural features such as plants can help improve the well-being of employees by 15%. Workers also become 15% more creative and 6% more productive. This is according to the global impact of biophilic design in the workplace study.
- A research conducted by the World Green Building Council found that having fresh air and reduced pollutants in the workspace resulted in an 11% increase in productivity.
- After implementing healthy building features, 69% of companies reported to have an increase in employee engagement and satisfaction.
Companies that implemented these solutions experienced an improvement not only in their employees’ well-being but also a significant boost in productivity and sales. The millennials are the most educated among all generations and they know achieving happiness at work is not a farfetched idea.
Companies that take for granted the satisfaction and happiness of their employees will become irrelevant as the competition for hiring and retaining employees is becoming fiercer by the year.
Strive to make your employees happy and they’ll return the favor.