Happiness is an infectious feeling. You can’t help but be happy when you’re surrounded by a group of happy people, right? The same is true in a business environment. Employee happiness makes the workplace more pleasant and inviting. In the words of President and CEO of Campbell Soup Doug Conant, “To win in the marketplace, you must first win in the workplace.” You must make sure that your employees are happy working for you.

This Valentine’s week, our series is all about love for work. So if you’re looking for fresh ideas on how to build a positive work environment, then look no further! Here are some ways you can fuel love for work in your employees.

Band together

When tough situations arise, encourage your team to support each other rather than point fingers. Coming together as a group will not only empower your employees to overcome obstacles but also encourage them to take on larger projects. Make this tight-knit relationship a part of your company culture. This I’ve-got-your-back mentality will make your employees feel confident to take risks.

Pack on the perks

Incentives don’t necessarily mean monetary rewards.  There are several types of perks that businesses can implement to fuel love for work in their employees. For instance, provide a variety of healthy snacks that your team can indulge in during their breaks.

Flexible work shifts are great, too! It gives morning people the freedom to arrive bright and early and night owls the ability to hit snooze before greeting the day.

Team building outings and bonding activities like daily mandatory office breaks are other great perks that can encourage your team to not only come together but also step away and unwind from their tasks.

Encourage personal collaboration

Online collaboration tools are great and have become a vital part of business processes. However, technology does not (and really should not) eliminate the importance of face-to-face collaboration. Personal meetings and discussions not only strengthens relationships within the team but also fosters a healthy boss-employee rapport.

Focus on your team’s strength

Who is your company’s greatest asset? Is it your customers? No. It’s actually your employees. Thus, it is paramount that you give your employees room to shine in the workplace. Place them in teams where their strengths can be developed. Focus on what makes them awesome! Empowering your employees through their strengths will make them feel like they’re contributing to your company.

Listen to your employees

Did you know that open communication is critical to success in a workplace? Unfortunately, a third of employees say their managers don’t listen to their concerns at work.

Make sure you’re actively listening to your employees. Conduct regular one-on-one catch ups with your team and encourage them to be vocal about challenges and roadblocks. They might even have new ideas for a project. Listen to their concerns, take them into consideration, and take action when needed.

Happiness in the workplace drives higher employee productivity, retention, job satisfaction, and all-around business success. Aim to create an environment where employees can enjoy their jobs as much as possible. They’ll love coming to work every day because they know that they love what they do and they are significant in the workplace.

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