When you go to your workplace, do you feel happy? Does your workday excite you? Do the employers and employees both feel enthused to start on new projects? These might not be the questions one considers when they enter their work environment. Neither are these questions raised when a large survey of the workplace is done. Comparably, however, did a survey that asks questions pertaining to the happiness of employees in the workspace. It analyzed roughly 5 million ratings from employees of 45,000 companies. The findings of the survey are telling of the workplace culture prevalent today.
Balance isn’t the Sole Focus
One of the most significant problems the workforce faces is to strike a balance between their work life and personal life. It can be difficult trying to prevent either outweighing the other. One way to avoid it is to make work and life a part of each other. However, to accomplish that requires a workspace that respects that set-up.
Jeff Bezo terms it as work-life harmony. The whole self should be integrated into the work just as the whole self is immersed in life. Sustaining a balance is important but more so is creating harmony within the self.
Treating People as People First
Starbucks is a chain everyone is familiar with. To some it might be a glorifying coffee-house, to others it is a place to get new Instagram posts. Yet, no one can ignore the fact that it does know how to keep its employees happy. It ranks tenth in the happiness index. In the words of a Starbucks employee, the company does not infringe on the personal life of the employee.
Rather the work culture embraces expressions of individualism. This should come as no surprise as on any working hour at least half the employees seem to be enjoying their work. What this chain nails right on the head is the atmosphere it sets where a proper work “culture” can foster.
Know your Man-Power
Fostering a culture is what results in the happiness of the employees. All the major companies are excelling in culture; happiness is just the reflective result. To foster a culture, it is important to know who comprises of the culture. For example, an average employee working at Starbucks is in their early twenties.
It is an age where style constitutes an important part of the identity. By allowing employees to express themselves individually, Starbucks manages to keep its employees happy. By paying attention to the needs and wants of the employees, the company can incorporate the agility into their policies.
Be Proud of Being Better
Hubspot, a company founded in 2006 has been placed first in the happiness index. They have to attract, engage, and retain their employees. This is done by giving rise a unique “culture code”. A 128-slide deck was created, which was released to the public in 2013. The roster aimed to look at ‘why’ people loved to work there and built the culture on these insights.
They have been forthcoming about making corrections. The two top qualities that enhance the culture they have built are the ability to recognize defects in functioning and the leader-driven commitment to improving those mistakes.
Happiness can be a tough trick to nail. Not every company can work along the lines of Hubspot, nor can they be Redbull (ranked 22nd). However, on a trick that is common to all these companies is the attention they pay to the employees.
They study what makes the employees click with the company’s vision and make an effort to provide more of that impetus. As one employee from Hubspot points out, the secret they are that they believe in what their company is doing for the customers and what it stands for.<< back to blog