Employees can sometimes feel dejected at work for various reasons, ranging from personal to work-related. At work, it could be as simple as a lack of recognition within the organisation. This can lower morale, bring in negative emotions and feelings of insecurity and sometimes, even trigger depression and hopelessness.
At work, therefore, an organisation has the inherent capability to set the tone and stage for an employee to feel and perform better – to create and maintain a happy work culture. Happiness is vital for an employee to stay involved and productive; and is a core value of all organisations which have a flourishing work culture. We explain how.
Basic components of a progressive work culture
A progressive and happy work culture requires the following basic elements:
This helps in meeting the primary emotional needs of all employees. By expressing their needs, employees feel content and connected – the primary keys to their happiness. In essence, happiness comes from the involvement of positive emotions; and also builds compassion and empathy towards fellow mates.
Identity of an Organisation
The work culture in an organisation reveals its personality, and its state of evolution. A progressive work culture is where people can explore creativity and capability; and freedom to be themselves. Typically, a work culture provides insight into the satisfaction ratio of employees which is directly linked to happiness, or even the lack of it.
Work culture usually focuses on performance enhancement and productivity to achieve the target. This can be easily accomplished by first creating a happy space in the work environment. Valuing each employee effectively results in progressive thinking and ensuring the successful functioning of an organisation. It requires strong features – with the topmost being a happy work culture. It also indirectly influences the following skills:
- Wise decision making
- Improved social skills.
- Ability to take challenges with confidence.
When these elements are come together, the work environment becomes a happy place – helping employees find enjoyment in what they do. Studies have definitively proven how a happy work culture adds value to the organisation and the individual. Besides improved personality and productivity, a happy work culture reaps multiple benefits. Some elements that help in growing a positive mindset at the workplace are:
- Loyalty and dedication
- Retention of top talent
- Guaranteed team support
- Boosting employee morale
- Promotion of wellbeing
When compared with unhappy peers, happy employees can, and do, bring fun and spread cheer – usually becoming a role model to colleagues. They create the right attitude to succeed and build cohesive teams. Successful organisations work on team building.
A happy work culture allows employees to work together joyfully – another key component needed in successful implementation of work. It also sets a good example for others to lead, boosting creativity and innovation too. It builds a stronger reputation and greater mental fitness.
What are the qualities required to create a happy workplace culture? Let us narrow down some of the essential requirements:
- Firstly, a caring attitude and responsibility towards co-workers
- Inspiring each other at work plays a significant role in maintaining a positive balance
- Treating your colleagues with mutual trust, respect, and integrity
- Being supportive and offering help to the ones who struggle
- Fostering empathy
Being a good listener also cultivates a fearless work culture. Happiness is also about being and feeling safe within a work environment. When organisations strive to achieve a good healthy workplace ambiance, they produce better employee involvement. It amplifies interpersonal relationships and social skills. It attracts potential talent and happy people too.
Happy employees perform better financially and are more efficient too, with greater customer satisfaction and productivity. A happy work culture enhances better client relationships and the overall wellbeing of employees. This helps set meaningful values within an organisation.