Why Employee Happiness Should Top Your List In 2015

There have been numerous studies done regarding employee happiness and how happy cD03YjY1MzBhYmUyOThiMDA2ZjFmMDYwNjAzZWVmNDUwNSZnPTRiOWRlOTk4MjNmZDU5YTgxNjJiMTY3OTZjMDdiNTk2 300x200 Why Employee Happiness Should Top Your List In 2015employees are more productive and lead to faster revenue growth, but why is it so hard to make (and keep) them happy and what can you do about it?

Today I want to share four facts about employee happiness and provide some advice you can act on right now to make sure your employees are getting happier every single day they come in to the office.

Fact #1: Employees are far more likely to have new ideas on days when they feel happier

Ideas are the lifeblood of any productive company. Ideas are used to solve problems, and solving problems for customers creates more revenue. If employees are more likely to have new ideas when they are happy, then think about what might make them unhappy and try to fix at least one of those issues.

A few examples? Too many meetings. A noisy office. A boss they don’t like. You probably instinctively know why your employees might be unhappy, so try to fix just one issue this week.

Fact #2: Business unit sales and profits at one point in time are predicted by employees’ feelings about the organization at earlier points in time

How your employees feel about your company is extremely important. And the best way to shape how they feel is to help them understand how their day-to-day role fits into the bigger picture.

Don’t be afraid to share revenue forecasts and company goals while explaining how each of your departments (if you’re a large company) or each of your individual employees (if you’re small) directly contributes to the success or failure of your company as a whole.

Fact #3: Higher employee engagement translates to stronger customer relationships and, in turn, better financial performance

Engaged employees love what they do. They are empowered to do their jobs and don’t have to deal with company politics and egos of managers. Removing seemingly small barriers for your employees can give them a huge jump in engagement, meaning faster revenue growth and delighted customers as a result.

Fact #4: More than 70 percent of employees in the typical company are “not engaged” or “actively disengaged”

Being a disengaged employee essentially means you come to the office, do the minimum amount of work that’s expected from you, and leave. Rinse and repeat every day.

What’s the secret to engaging your employees? I believe there are three things.

First, they need to understand your mission and vision – why are you doing what you’re doing and how does it positively impact your customers?

Second, they need to feel empowered to do the best job they can.

Third, they need to have a direct feedback channel to you (small company) and/or your leadership team (larger company). Giving your employees a way to share ideas and feedback to improve everything from meetings to communication to the way you provide customer service can transform your company and drive high employee engagement, too.

Conclusion

Keeping your employees happy and engaged is critical to the continued success of your company. But how do you do that when you’ve got so many other things on your plate? One of the best things you can do is simply provide a way for ideas and feedback from your employees to make their way to you.

That could be via email, one-on-one meetings, or company all-hands meetings for small organizations. Larger companies should consider employee engagement software (such as StackHands) that enables leaders to collect ideas and anonymous feedback from their employees. The end result should be happier employees and a better place to work.

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