The Anatomy of a Happy Office {7 Secrets to Keep Your Employees Happy}

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7 Secrets to Keep Your Employees Happy

1. Recognize when employees are making progress. Pause and highlight milestones that people hit or challenges they have overcome. Ensure that people feel their contributions are rewarded by simply saying “thank you.”

2. Make employees feel like they belong. To be happy at work, it’s important to  feel like “you have a friend.” This gets challenging especially when the company gets busy. People need to feel like they know each other and so time like this yields positive results.

3. Take an interest in who employees actually are. One of the key questions that always gets asked in employee surveys is “Do you feel like your boss cares about you and is trying to give you the tools to succeed?” This will lead to employees that are much more engaged at work.

4. Make it fun. Organizations that feel “light” where people can joke around occasionally with each other have stronger cultures. When mistakes happen, people can see the funny side and are not just focused solely on the downside. These provide additional moments of connection as discussed in point No. 2.

5. Let your employees disengage sometimes. Many employees feel like they are always working because they have “a cubicle in their pocket” that they can never turn it off. This makes employees feel tremendously harassed and stressed. Encourage times when employees are completely disengaged so they can focus on their family and set their own personal priorities.

6. Encourage exercise and sleep. Enough of both of these does great things for employees’ focus, attention, creativity, energy and mood. In the long run, consistently doing “all nighters” are counterproductive.

7. Stop calculating everything. As a business owner, stop keeping score every time an action is taken. Don’t always be thinking, “If I did this for an employee, they should do that.” Do what is right and don’t calculate.

Source:  Gretchen Rubin, New York Times bestselling author of The Happiness Project

calebCaleb Bagwell/Employee Education Specialist
John Maxwell Certified Leadership Coach
Grinkmeyer Leonard Financial
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Anatomy of a Happy Office {Office Etiquette Part 2}

Ever had that co-worker that is ready to jump into Christmas way before you (or anyone else) is?

calebCaleb Bagwell/Employee Education Specialist
John Maxwell Certified Leadership Coach
Grinkmeyer Leonard Financial
Toll-Free: 866.695.5162 / Office: 205.970.9088
Birmingham: 1950 Stonegate Drive / Suite 275 / Birmingham, AL 35242
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Anatomy of a Happy Office {Office Etiquette Part 1}

What drives you nuts that your co-workers do?  Office manners should be a required class in school.  Sometimes you just have to laugh, right?   What do people do at your office or workplace that drives you crazy???

calebCaleb Bagwell/Employee Education Specialist
John Maxwell Certified Leadership Coach
Grinkmeyer Leonard Financial
Toll-Free: 866.695.5162 / Office: 205.970.9088
Birmingham: 1950 Stonegate Drive / Suite 275 / Birmingham, AL 35242
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The Anatomy of a Happy Office – {BUT WHY?}

happy office smallIf you have never read the New York Times bestseller The Happiness Project from author Gretchen Rubin, I highly suggest you get a copy.   Gretchen knows a lot about what makes business people happy. She spent a year test-driving conventional wisdom, current scientific studies, and lessons from pop cultures about how to be happier at work and at life.  Her social experiment yielded all sorts of results that can be applied to every aspect of life.  Her conclusions about workplace happiness are a must-read for our series this month.

Gretchen reveals many ideals that make achieving happiness critical to every company’s success:

* Happy employees are more productive. It results in less employee absenteeism, burnout and stress. When employees are happy, they are less preoccupied with themselves, more focused on their work and are willing to take on new challenges.

* Happy employees are better leaders. They become more resilient, less risk adverse and can more easily bounce back from failures.

* Happy employees are more creative. They are less worried about the day to day tasks and can dream of new possibilities.

* Happy employees are better team players. They are more likely to help others and tackle the big issues confronting them at work.

If you can have employees who are more productive, absent less, better leaders, less fearful of failure, more creative and better overall team players simply by making them HAPPIER, then how can this not be a WIN-WIN situation for you and your employees?

This month, we will discuss many aspects of employee and office happiness.   Follow along to read how employers AND employees can benefit from a happier workplace.

calebCaleb Bagwell/Employee Education Specialist
John Maxwell Certified Leadership Coach
Grinkmeyer Leonard Financial
Toll-Free: 866.695.5162 / Office: 205.970.9088
Birmingham: 1950 Stonegate Drive / Suite 275 / Birmingham, AL 35242


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The Anatomy of a Happy Office – November Series

The Anatomy of a Happy Office – November Series

calebCaleb Bagwell/Employee Education Specialist
John Maxwell Certified Leadership Coach
Grinkmeyer Leonard Financial
Toll-Free: 866.695.5162 / Office: 205.970.9088
Birmingham: 1950 Stonegate Drive / Suite 275 / Birmingham, AL 35242
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