Bringing humanity into workplace: 6 tips to guide you
Successful organizations with happy employees understand that people are at the core of their success. Decades of experiments have proven that happy employees are better at creative problem solving, which drives engagement and financial results. And engaged employees are more likely to stay at companies for the long haul.
What do people need to feel fulfilled at work? At the most basic level, people want to come to work happy and leave happy. They look for meaning and value at work, and want to understand how their efforts help their company succeed. They need camaraderie, friendship and meaning – to stay connected to and engaged with their colleagues. They crave recognition for their contributions to the organization.
Have a grateful outlook
When you own your own company, your co-workers and employees look to you to set the tone for the business and the office environment. A positive attitude is key to an enjoyable, more comfortable workplace. A positive or negative attitude also spills over into how your customers perceive your business, which translates into their willingness to do business with you. They can tell when everything is clicking, and they can also tell when things are amiss.
2. Treat each individual with respect
Everyone you work with deserves respect in the workplace, even when you differ on opinions. Look at each and every person as a vital member of the team. Respect that they have different opinions and ways of looking at the world. This respect will go a long way in developing the trust and teamwork that will take your business to the top.
It creates a community of support and positivity. Take the program a step further and broadcast moments recognition throughout the company. As people are recognized and given recognition, a jolly energy emerges and the act of celebrating people’s achievements becomes a fixture in the culture.
3. Listen actively
Effective communication begins with active listening. Encourage your co-workers to share their thoughts and be open to hearing them all the way through without interrupting or interjecting your own opinions. To foster an environment where everyone feels they have a voice, make your approach “yes, that’s a possibility” rather than “no, that would never work.”.
4. Develop personal connections
Develop meaningful bonds with your fellow workers. Exchange ideas and personal opinions. Show your empathy and concern for their well being as people, as well as co-workers. Take time to learn about their families and their goals. When you show a genuine interest in others, you foster a happier workplace.
A workplace that becomes happy and stays happy is no accident — it’s created with intent and purpose. While you can’t make people come to work happy, you can support a culture that encourages people to be their best, most positive selves. In a positivity dominated workplace fueled by recognition, employees and managers are encouraging each other, learning from successes and failures, noticing and celebrating behaviors that embody company values. This results in a culture defined by trust.
5. Build relationships other than work
Go to lunch with your co-workers or plan an off-site event like a bowling night or a day at the ballpark. Get to know each other outside of the office. You’ll be pleasantly surprised to learn more about what makes them tick and you’ll develop even stronger bonds when you discover you have shared interests.
We stay at work for the people. Work friendships and colleague support are the bedrock of our work experience as our work becomes increasingly interdependent, with all kinds of expertise needed at different stages of a project. With social technology as the driving force behind a program, you can create and amplify a culture of positive, validating and motivating communication that helps those relationships thrive.
6. Be grateful for everything
There are all sorts of ways to provide rewards, including praise, recognition, money, prizes, gift cards, celebratory meals, trophies and certificates of achievement. Be liberal with positive feedback and show gratitude when employees go above and beyond their normal duties and responsibilities.
Everyone likes to feel valued and appreciated for what they do everyday. An attitude of gratitude goes a long way. Offer respect, kindness, openness, caring and trust and you will be sure to reap the returns many times over.
The simple act of saying thank you openly and often creates a bond between giver and receiver and breaks through social barriers so that loyalty, trust and dedication can flow more freely. When employers empower their people to recognize one anther’s contributions, a groundswell of gratitude emerges. Saying thank you also identifies and encourages the right behaviors, inspiring a shared purpose and vision.
Author- Achal Chaurasia
A young businessman who has been in the line of entrepreneurship for quite a few years. He is an active learner and loves to know more about new technological developments coming up as well as how they can be put to great use to yield better results for society