Cultivating sustained performance among employees requires paying attention to their engagement. Promoting employees’ happiness and well-being, criteria for engagement, can feel like just another burden placed on managers. But a simple framework derived from the field of positive psychology can make it happen.
In early March, I had the opportunity to attend the New Work Summit hosted by the New York Times in Half Moon Bay California. The conference was attended by an impressive array of speakers and an equally impressive collection of delegates who serve as executive leaders of some of the nation’s most successful companies. The summit was an opportunity for us to share best practices and strategies for building employee engagement and positive organizational culture. Here are my top five takeaways from the summit:
We can’t engage the people who work for us unless we are able to foster open dialogue - what we call Genuine conversations. Conversations that are authentic and based on truth, understanding and respect. A respect that is communicated in a transparent manner without posturing, pretense or politics. These are the fundamentals of the high quality relationships we create in our personal lives and they are no less valuable at work.
Employee happiness is your business and is fundamental to securing peak team performance, promoting creativity, achieving operational efficiency and to reaching our organization's strategic goals. Try one or more of these five easy ways to bolster employee happiness on your team. These are some of our favorite "culture hacks" which have also been established as efficacious by peer reviewed university studies. Please share your experience using them in the comments section that follows.
Productivity, profits, employee retention and efficiency are all driven by the happiness and well-being of your employees. When employees thrive, so does your business. Why?