Research conducted by the London School of Business and Finance (LSBF) suggests that Britain is not happy at work. In fact, it was suggested that just under half, 47% of us, would like to change jobs. It is believed that one in five are looking to change their role in the next 12 months – indicating that Britain is fairly insecure when it comes to the future of workplace happiness.
When studying happiness rates in young people, the statistics become even worse. 66% of 18-34 year olds want a new job, which suggests that younger generations in Britain perhaps feel disenfranchised with their working lives. This situation is exacerbated further, as many young adults feel that they can’t change their job role because they’re worried about financial instability.
With this in mind, it has become more important than ever to ensure the lasting happiness of employees within the workplace. A happy employee is 12% more productive at work; this keeps both employees and employers happy – as both parties benefit from a positive working environment. Impact International, specialists in change management, has put together this guide to help businesses change a negative team of employees to a positive cohort, enthusiastic about coming to work.
Further skills with training
Employees are entitled to ask employers at any time about additional training that they can receive regarding their working practices. If businesses wish to keep motivated employees, then this training should be offered when it is necessary. This results in employees feeling more essential to the every-day operations of the business, as they are becoming more skilled whilst on the job. According to a report conducted by Andries De Grip, and Jan Sauermann, this can result in a 9% increase in staff productivity.
Making sure points of contact are always there for employees
Employees should never struggle alone; communication is key when it comes to the productivity of a workplace. Employees should feel comfortable approaching managers with any concerns or problems they have about a project or their working practices. In a good working relationship between employees and employers – an atmosphere of cooperation is key to efficiency.
Create a culture of co-workers
Tech start-ups have revolutionised the open-plan office in recent years and they are very popular with the millennial workforce. Communication culture helps to benefit cooperation in the workplace, and an open-plan office does just that – leading to increased happiness levels – boosting productivity.
Staff social events, team meetings, and fundraisers can all help to improve workplace morale. Managers should look to put aside money and budget for these types of events, and employees should also be willing to get involved if they’d like to feel like part of a team working and socialising together.
Happiness and productivity coincide in the workplace, so make sure that happiness, efficiency, and productivity are your top priorities within your long-term objectives within your workplace.