Many companies strive to elevate and recognized as a “Best Place To Work.” These distinctions can be helpful in attracting good talent and potential new business relationships. However, a better distinction than being the best place to work is creating a “Happy Place to Work.” CEO Tony Hsieh once stated to business leaders that they could “Achieve business success by making customer and employee happiness your goal.”
Everyone strives for happiness and yet so few people attain it. It is not easy to create happy workplaces, but it is a worthwhile endeavor.
5.5 Ways to Make Your Business a Happy Place:
1. Outline for your Team What Winning as an Organization Looks Like.
It is hard to have fun when you don’t know how winning is defined. Winning is fun and losing is not. This truth is as valid of sports and is for life and work. Leaders need to help their teams to set both team goals and individual goals.
Leadership Question: How would you answer the question: Winning in my organization looks like…
2. Give Praise and Recognition Often and Immediately.
One of Dale Carnegie’s 30 human relationship principles simply states, “Praise the slightest improvement and praise every improvement. Be “hearty in your approbation and lavish in your praise.” This statement is as true now as it was almost 100 years ago when he first wrote it. Employees love being affirmed, and great companies learn how to praise their people.
Leadership Question: How often do you praise your people?
3. People are giving time for play and breaks
Happiness happens all throughout the day. People are happiest when they build strong relationships with people in which they work. People are happiest when they enjoy their teammates. Teammates need time to enjoy each other. In elementary school, students look forward to recess. Adults also need breaks and time for play. Great leaders ensure that their people have the time that they need for play and breaks during the workday.
Leadership Question: Do you encourage your team to take breaks?
4. People are Released to use their Gifts and Talents
People are happiest when they are using their gifts and talents to do their work. When companies can tie work to people’s giftedness, then the magic begins to happen. Smart leaders know the giftedness of their people. They give strengths test to their people and allow them to maximize their strengths in daily agendas.
Leadership Question: How would the organization benefit when everyone in the organization could utilize their strengths at work?
5. Encourage Creativity and New Ways to Think.
Walt Disney who created the happiest place on earth in Disneyworld once said, “Happiness is a state of mind. It’s just according to the way you look at things.” It is fun to think differently. Workplaces can create happiness when they release their people to explore new ideas and dream big dreams.
Leadership Question: Do you challenge your team to look at things differently?
5.5. Laugh and Share Positive Information with the Team
It is essential that leaders become good finders. Leaders should look for ways to laugh with their teams. Work can be serious, but great companies also find a way to celebrate together.
Leadership Question: How often do you laugh with your team?
It should be the goal of every organization to create a happy place to work. Organizations that have this goal may not ever be recognized as being the best place to work, but employees will enjoy coming to work each day, and better work will be produced. Tony Hsieh put it this way. “Businesses often forget about the culture, and ultimately, they suffer for it because you can’t deliver good service from unhappy employees.”