Bringing Happiness To The Workplace

Happiness at the workplace

March 20 is officially International Day of Happiness which has been celebrated globally since 2013. While this may sound like just another made up day, it actually has the backing of the United Nations and seeks to both ensure and recognise the importance happiness has in people’s lives across the world.

It can be hard to assess happiness as every person will have a different opinion on what constitutes happiness. The World Happiness Report 2018 aimed to look at the state of global happiness and saw 156 countries being ranked by their happiness levels.

Taking the top spot firmly was Finland, with the next four places being held by Norway, Denmark, Iceland and Switzerland. The report looked at six key variables that were seen to support wellbeing including income, healthy life expectancy, social support, generosity and trust.

How Can Workplaces Encourage Happiness?

Many people may consider happiness to be something that they have to seek out themselves, but there are plenty of ways that organisations can encourage their employees to be happy. A happier, more relaxed workforce is far more likely to be more productive, which can be a benefit to both sides.

As stated before, each employee will likely consider what makes them happy different, but there can be generic ways that can be used to increase the generation mood of an office. This can include developing a support system in the office so that every person has someone who they can talk to about any issues they are having along with a manager ensuring that they are always available for any issues.

Providing free healthy foods such as fruit and plenty of water can also help to improve the mood in an office, as being hydrated can reduce feelings of tiredness which in turn can improve productivity. Reducing the amount of sugar available in an office can also help people to feel better, allowing them to be in a better mood when they work.

Considering The Big Perks

While there are many smaller ways to increase happiness such as allowing employees to work flexibly, allowing pets in the office or perhaps even allowing employees the opportunity to leave early one day a week, many organisations can also consider larger perks.

These can include re-designing an office interior to suit both the work and the tastes of their employees by asking what people would want most in their office. Some workplaces could create a games room which can be used on breaks to let off some steam.

One of the most important things for organisations to consider when trying to improve the levels of happiness in their workplace is to make sure that the thoughts and opinions of employees are considered. This means that they should be queried and involved in any attempts to improve the workplace, because what an organisation thinks will work may not be amenable to many employees.

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