Walking On Sunshine: 3 Genuine Reasons It’s Important To Have Happy Employees
Everyone wants a company that thrives, and one great way to accomplish this is with happy employees. Happy employees:
- Work harder and smarter
- Are more productive
- Work better as part of a team
In fact, 39% of workers claim that being happier at their place of work would drive them to work harder. Happy and engaged are two words that go together; when your employees are happy, they are more likely to be engaged in their work and with their coworkers.
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HAPPY EMPLOYEES POSITIVELY IMPACT COMPANY CULTURE
Happy workers are passionate about your company because they actually want to work for your company. And this makes sense, too. They will want to get up and come to work, do good things, and perform well because they are happy to be there.
Happiness throughout the workplace leads to higher engagement. Happy workers are 20% more productive than their unhappy counterparts. Happy employees care about a company and its goals, they feel more invested and compelled to work, and they are 19% more accurate at their tasks.
Employees who express a positive attitude in the workplace undoubtedly contribute to a positive company culture. More than 50% of CEOs say corporate culture influences:
- Company value
- Growth rate
If you want to attract top talent, an upbeat company culture is a surefire way to accomplish this. About 79% of American workers say company culture is an important job satisfaction factor. Happy employees are beneficial to any organization.
Tip: Encourage happiness in the workplace to ensure your current employees are putting in their best effort, and utilize this as a way to attract talent. Red Branch puts an emphasis on the unique company culture we have built through the benefits of working there, and even fun events and other activities to get employees together.
HAPPY EMPLOYEES ARE LOYAL TO THEIR TEAM
The workplace isn’t going to be sunshine and flowers every day, but when you have resilient employees who show up and are always willing to do more, your workplace will continually thrive. Resilient employees tend to stick with a company longer, and part of it is all about making sure they feel appreciated.
Did you know, employees who don’t feel valued at work are 34% more likely to leave their companies within the next year?
It’s essential to ensure your employees are acknowledged for their accomplishments to ensure they stick around through thick and thin.
Employees who know they are indispensable at a company are not only more engaged with their work but also their coworkers and bosses. Engaged teams generate 21% more profit than their disengaged counterparts. Employee engagement is necessary to drive performance, and it assures your employee’s commitment to the company and their work.
Tip: Tell your employees when you are proud of them. One thing Red Branch does, which has worked really well, is a thing we call “Proud Ofs” where at the end of every week we tell each other what we are proud of, and in return, our boss tells us what she is proud of each of us for.
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HAPPY EMPLOYEES AREN’T AFRAID TO TAKE RISKS
As we have already talked about, happy employees are more engaged, but they also can notice gaps within the workplace and provide solutions to fix them. Happy employees are more willing to come up with creative solutions to problems and implement their innovative ideas. They learn from their mistakes instead of getting mad.
Happy employees have 65% more energy than unhappy employees!
With this energy, they channel the need to want to take risks. Employees want work that is challenging in a meaningful way. Employees should enjoy what they do and the environment in which they work.
Happy employees have 65% more energy than unhappy employees. Take a look at the latest Work-life balance is important, too. Employees who rate their work-life balance highly are 10% more likely to stay at their company. Employees need to give their best effort at their jobs, but it’s just as important to know when to call it a day and have some fun or relax. Employees who feel in control of their career are 20% more likely to stay in their roles. When employees are empowered to work hard, take risks, and implement their ideas, you will see your company soar.
Tip: Encourage your employees to take risks. At Red Branch, we have a work hard, play hard culture. Employees can take 20 minutes a day to play games and catch up with other coworkers, and also have Eatin’ Meetin’ at the end of each week where employees get together to eat and drink. Though the focus is more on the work hard, play hard side, when employees have the room to express themselves, they will, in return, do your company a favor.
All in all, employees who enjoy work boast higher productivity. Happy people are 31% more productive and three times more creative than others. Happy employees work to fulfill their job titles and support their coworkers. It has been said that happiness is the key to success, and it just might be.
This article was originally published on the Red Branch Media blog by Hannah Wilson.