Article by Wendy McCance
As a person in their mid 40′s, I have had many different jobs in my lifetime. Between my own experiences and the experiences of friends and family who have shared their personal experiences, a common theme has emerged.
What really makes an employee happy, content and eager to go to work each day? Let’s just get money and benefits off the table. Of course everyone could always use more money and better benefits. Sure these are parts of the job that make or break your feelings about working for that employer. Trust me I get it. I was a former factory worker who made crazy amounts of money and had benefits that at the time were off the charts. I was willing to work there, but I wasn’t particularly happy.
What I’m talking about is inner peace. Below is a list of the top traits I believe make a company stand out. These traits can make a huge difference in the attitudes of the employees who work there.
Traits that make a company stand out and increase the happiness of the employees.
1. Positive energy
Compliments, encouragement, appreciation and support make a huge difference. People want to know when they are doing well. Knowing that you are on the right track and have been recognized for it makes a world of difference. Having a staff that will support you when you need help without making you feel bad does encourage employees to push through their difficulties. When you feel like you are a valuable and important part of the team, you are more likely to work better. You don’t want to let others down.
It might seem strange, but treats really make a difference. Bringing in bagels in the morning. Have pizza during a meeting. Even a candy dish can make employees feel spoiled. It’s a nice perk to the job and truly appreciated by employees.
Being able to find time to go to a doctor’s appointment, being able to see your kids in a play or even having the opportunity to stop by the bank make a difference. Jobs where it is possible to feel as though family life is a priority is so important. Employees don’t want to feel as though they have to choose between the job and the family. The stress of disappointing family members because you are always working and can’t ever get a break to put them first is disastrous. It forces people to decide which is more important. Many times people will leave a job that doesn’t give them an opportunity for a home life.
4. Keeping negative energy out of the workplace
Everyone has experienced a person at work that gossips, puts others down or simply complains a lot. One person can make an environment so toxic. The person will walk into the room and the entire dynamic changes. Happiness is sucked out of the room and is replaced by a black cloud of gloom. Happy environments are places where people are kept in check if they are bringing other employees down. In one way or another your all still a team. The team will only have its full potential of success if everyone is on board and pleasant with each other.
People need to laugh. A lighter atmosphere makes the day go by faster. It gets people energized and it helps get rid of stress. It’s great to be able to shake off boredom, exhaustion and worry with a little fun. It could be that a company has a ping-pong table or people have goofy items on their desk. Anything that lightens the mood. Hell, put guitar hero in the lunchroom. It would definitely make for a memorable day with lots of laughs.
The bottom line is this. Every job is different. There are many places where one of these suggestions just wouldn’t fly. The idea is that there are ways to keep toxic elements out of the workplace. The more positive reinforcements that are put into place, the happier the employees will be in at their place of employment.
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