Happiness Poll Rates Culture, Compensation, and Collaboration

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In Glassdoor’s 11 of The UK’s Top Companies With Amazing Work-Life, you’ll come across features like culture, work environment, and flexibility of their employer on which employees have rated their workplaces.

The above finding is not something rare; there are numerous studies (including a previous article we authored) explain how employee happiness contributes to workplace productivity. Take this report from the Harvard Business Review wherein Shawn Anchor talks about how “Happy employees are more productive, more creative, and better at problem-solving than their unhappy peers.”

In a recent ‘Happiness Poll’ conducted by Wrike with 4,000 respondents across the UK, Germany, France, and the US workforce, employees talk about what makes them happy at work and how that enhances their productivity. This survey report due April 2019, is just a part of an analysis that collectively looks at culture, compensation, and collaboration for workplace well-being.

The above finding is not something rare; there are numerous studies (including a previous article we authored) explain how employee happiness contributes to workplace productivity. Take this report from the Harvard Business Review wherein Shawn Anchor talks about how “Happy employees are more productive, more creative, and better at problem-solving than their unhappy peers.”

Happiness is certainly not a guru’s palms over someone’s head and some cryptic chant. In fact, in the UK, employees rated their workplace basis of the opportunity of ‘doing meaningful work’ and feeling centrally aligned to the company’s mission and vision. Is this specific to the UK only? No. To culture happiness at the workplace, it is important that every person involved with the organization feels connected. Because unless your feet are in touch with the earth, you can’t experience the wetness of grass or the dryness of the sand.

So if you as a leader or a business owner doubt the intent of your employees who despite high-pay are leaving your workplace, this is where you know that compensation is only a secondary motivation to happiness; your employees can withstand any storm given a culture that is conducive to their wellbeing. In India, take from my experience with Arthayantra, a financial Robo-advisory firm based out of Hyderabad. It was in its early stages of considering market equity. But given the kind of people it identified that were willing to work for the organization, both leadership and regular executives didn’t mind their salaries not being credited on time. People at work were from giants such as Deloitte and Google.

It’s not just Wrike’s survey that talks about it; there are people who would interview your purpose before accepting your offer. And for your organization’s growth, you must train your human resource team that’ll be able to identify such self-driven and motivated people.  Here note that you are not going to discourage the one who considers money as a motivation, but appreciates those who aim to offer more.

Take a look at these five simple reasons that you can incorporate at your workplace to give happiness a chance to do the magic for you. In addition to those reasons, do not forget the importance of remote working and flexibility that ranked the second on the employee happiness index. From the report, we also gather that technology is another massive force to allow employee well-being and business productivity. The more you free up your people and allow them to come up with creative solutions, the more engaged they feel, and the more connected they are to the empire you are trying to build.

We conclude with this report from McKinsey’s Organizational Health Index that shows how the focus on workplace culture has evolved workplace happiness and unified the people of an organization across boards and departments toward one common goal of the company.