Research now confirms what many of us have intuitively known for some time:
HAPPY EMPLOYEES ARE MORE PRODUCTIVE!
It really does make sense, and begs the next questions: what constitutes a happy workplace?
Even though happiness at work will differ depending on the workplace, there is consensus about at least some of the necessary elements.
Proper physical working conditions and a fair wage are the first absolutely necessary step, of course. But increasingly, managers and employees are asking for a true commitment to improve the psychosocial work environment. A happier workplace is in demand!
High on the list are
- Clear and common values, goals and frames
- Possibility of real influence
- Freedom to handle and develop own areas of work
- Support, respect and recognition
- Efficient collaboration across teams and competencies
- A pleasant work environment
HOW THEN DO WE GO ABOUT CREATING A HAPPIER WORKPLACE?
You might be in a workplace which in general is well-functioning, but there are certain areas that could use a little fine-tuning:
- Some teams are not functioning optimally
- Meetings are not really productive
- There are conflicts between employees
- Managers wish to develop tools for better people management
- There is a tendency to discuss problems at the coffee machine or in e-mails, instead of taking them up openly
You might be in a workplace, where there is a more serious degree of tension and stress, maybe due to:
- Constant overload of work and too few people to handle it
- Serious cases of stress and stress-related illness
- Recent changes (e.g. a fusion, new managers, new employees – or changes to meet new demands)
- Old conflicts that seem to dominate the culture of the workplace
Deciding to do something about it is the first step!
When you have made this decision, you may wish to get some external assistance. You are of course the experts on your own workplace, but sometimes we need an objective assessment of the situation and fresh ideas to help move things along.
HOW CAN I HELP YOU?
I suggest that we start off by having a preliminary talk to find out how we can work together to make your workplace happier.
THIS FIRST SESSION IS FREE OF CHARGE.
I offer this service because any next steps really depend on your specific needs. There is not one model that fits all. And it is important to identify what needs exist at your workplace, in your department or team.
If we agree to continue to work together, these are some of the services I offer:
- A presentation on “Happy Workplace” for managers and/or staff
- Facilitation of 1 or 2 day workshops on how you can work to improve well-being at your workplace
- Individual coaching/sparring
- Mediation in concrete conflicts
- Development of an overall conflict resolution design
- A longer process (up to 6 months) where we dig a little deeper into improving well-being, including all or some of the above.
My approach to any task is based on:
- You know your workplace, and you have the knowledge needed identify the solutions that are right for you
- Open dialogue throughout the process
- Flexibility – there will always be unforseen changes
- Focus on the positive opportunities – without neglecting the challenges
- Commitment to cross-cooperation as the best way to find solutions
- Integrity and honesty
Finally I would like to leave you with this thought: Creating happiness at work obviously requires effort, but it’s not rocket science and the rewards are substantial!