Fast Company recently published an article called “Secrets Of America’s Happiest Companies”. In the article, it states disengaged workers cost the U.S. economy $350 billion a year in lost productivity. And they show the happiest companies boost morale and the bottom line. They list 5 Rules of Happy Employees as well and that is our focus for this particular post. Here they are:
1. Be on the move: Happy employees don’t stay in one role for too long. Movement and the perception of improvement create satisfaction. Status quo, on the other hand, creates burnout.
2. Have meaning: There is a strong correlation between happiness and meaning; having a meaningful impact on the world around you is actually a better predictor of happiness than many other things you think will make you happy.
3. Praise time: A workplace is far likelier to be a happy place when policies are in place to ensure that people regularly get acknowledgement and praise for a job well done.
4. Employees are people too: Recognize that employees are people first, workers second, and create policies that focus on their well-being as individuals.
5. Work and life integrated: Emphasize work/life integration, not necessarily “balance.”