How Happy Is Your Workplace?


How do you know when your teams are in a happy place?

What do you notice?

What difference does it make?



Employee happiness is not just a feel-good concept; it’s a crucial factor that contributes to your businesses success. Happy colleagues tend to be more engaged, motivated, and productive, which ultimately leads to higher levels of customer satisfaction and business growth. Everyone wants to be happier in the workplace. And there’s lots of reasons why building a positive culture and putting the right processes in place to create a happier workforce is good for your business performance.

  • Contented employees are 12% more productive than their unhappier counterparts
  • Companies with a happy workforce outperform their competitors by up to 20%
  • 77% of adults would check an organisation’s culture before applying for a job there

Given these statistics, it’s easy to see how nurturing a happier work environment is good for existing employees, as well as attracting talent. Yet, despite the benefits that can be gained by increasing staff happiness, contentment at work is still the exception, rather than the rule.

It is great to have initiatives such as  International Week of Happiness at Work to raise awareness of the many benefits of a happy workforce.

Let’s explore what more you can do to create a workplace where happiness thrives.

  1. Prioritise Employee Well-Being:

Employee well-being should be at the forefront of your efforts. Ensure that your workplace promotes physical and mental health. Offer wellness programs, flexible work arrangements, and access to resources that support a healthy work-life balance. Invest in coaching and resilience to develop their coping strategies in work to ensure they do not become overwhelmed.

  1. Provide Learning and Growth Opportunities:

Invest in your employees’ professional development. Encourage continuous learning through workshops, training, and opportunities for skill enhancement. When employees feel like they’re growing and advancing, job satisfaction naturally follows.

  1. Foster a Positive Company Culture:

A positive company culture is essential for a happy workplace. Encourage open communication, transparency, and a sense of belonging. Celebrate achievements, big or small, and create a culture where employees feel appreciated and valued.

  1. Encourage Work-Life Balance:

Promote a healthy work-life balance by offering flexible work hours or remote work options. Recognize that employees have personal lives and responsibilities outside of work, and provide the flexibility they need to manage both effectively.

  1. Create Opportunities for Collaboration:

Encourage collaboration and teamwork within your organization. Foster a sense of community by organizing team-building activities and projects that allow employees to connect with their colleagues.

  1. Listen Actively and Seek Feedback:

Take time to listen actively to your employees. Provide opportunities for them to share their ideas, concerns, and suggestions. Act on their feedback to demonstrate that their voices are heard and valued.

  1. Lead by Example:

Leaders play a crucial role in shaping the workplace culture. Lead by example, demonstrating qualities such as empathy, integrity, and a commitment to employee well-being. Your actions set the tone for your business.

  1. Celebrate Milestones and Special Occasions:

Mark important milestones and celebrate special occasions within your organization. Whether it’s work anniversaries, birthdays, or achievements, showing appreciation during these moments creates a positive and happy atmosphere.

Creating a happy workplace requires ongoing commitment and effort, but the rewards are well worth it. Happy employees are more likely to be loyal, innovative, and dedicated to the success of your business. As you celebrate International Week of Happiness at Work, consider how you can invest in your employees to cultivate a workplace where happiness thrives, benefiting both your teams and your business.