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Happy employees are more productive! While money might be the first option that crosses your mind when you think of how you can make your employees happy, a lot of other benefits, actions, and small gestures as simple as a “thank you” can make your employees feel happy, valued, and appreciated. Here are 6 ways to make your employees happy without breaking the bank.
- Promote Work-Life Balance
Having the right balance between work and personal life is one of the main determinants of happiness in the workplace, as it reduces stress and prevents burnout. Promote work-life balance in your workplace by embracing flextime, encouraging “efficient” work instead of “more” work, supporting telecommuting, and always keeping an eye for employee burnout.
- Recognize your Employees’ Progress
While providing feedback and constructive criticism is highly important to enhance your employees’ performance, it’s also important to point out positive performance. Show your employees that you acknowledge their hard work and progress every time you notice an enhancement in their performance.
- Involve and Empower your Employees
You should always make your employees part of the big picture. When your employees are involved in the workplace decisions and future goals, they feel trusted and that their hard work is going toward something good for the company, which makes them happier in what they do.
- Be Transparent
When your employees receive honest feedback about their contribution in achieving the company’s goals and they are comfortable in providing their opinions and ideas openly, they will feel more motivated to achieve better, leading to greater engagement and happiness.
- Celebrate Milestones
Assign come time each month to celebrate the success of any individual employee or team who achieved a millstone. The celebration can be as simple as getting morning coffee to the employee or the team and telling them how important their accomplishment is to the company.
- Organize Team-Building Activities
Team-building activities and social gatherings that are not related to work have a great impact on the happiness of your employees. Activities outside the office that help in strengthening the relationships between employees and improve your company culture.