As an employer, you have a lot of responsibilities. You have to lead employees, produce strong products, and deal with the weight of your company’s success, or failure, on your shoulders.
You don’t want another thing to weigh you down, but this one is pretty important. Do you know if your employees are happy?
What are the traits of a happy employee?
While this list isn’t complete, some traits of a happy employee include:
- Asking questions
- Volunteering for new tasks
- Caring about their appearance
- Putting effort into their own work
- Offering assistance to project team members
- Interest in growing with the company
Why do I want a happy employee?
Apart from the fact that you should want the people around you to be happy, happy employees are overall better employees than their miserable counterparts.
It has been proven time and time again that happy employees in a customer-service situation produce better results when it comes to interacting with customers. Happy employees + happy customers = good business.
Additionally, happy people are also statistically healthier mentally and physically. When you don’t have to worry about your workforce calling out for the day or leaving early due to health issues, you can focus on work.
How can I create a happy workplace?
It’s a lot easier than you might think. In a recent article, Jason Fitzpatrick of Lifehacker spells out the five traits of low-stress, happy work cultures. According to Ftizpatrick, well-defined breaks, shorter commutes, vacation-time, socializing amongst employees, and effective leaders contribute to an overall happy workplace.
What do you think? What other workplace qualities should an employer promote when considering the happiness of their employees? What are some warning signs of low employee morale? Share your thoughts in the comments below!
Tony Morrison is the Vice President at Cachinko, a unique professional community where social networking and job opportunities come together. His roles include sales, marketing, and business development. He is passionate about building B2B and B2C client relationships and brings this passion to Cachinko where he focuses on helping job seekers to find their ideal job and employers to find, attract, and engage their next rock star candidates. Find him on Twitter and TalentConnection. And, connect with Cachinko on Facebook or Twitter.