Everyone wants to work in a productive and happy environment. You can ask anyone if they would want to work in an office that is boring, where nobody enjoys the time they spend together with their co-workers and where everyone just pays attention to work for completing it mechanically. We can safely assume that their answer will be a great big no.
Sadly, many people find themselves working in that kind of environment. Making a productive and happy work culture, both at the same time – can be tricky for executives and managers. A happy workplace will produce happy workers, but at the end of the day, you are still running a business, and workers need to be productive in order to make profit. So, to help you out, we have gathered some vital strategies you can use to keep the productivity levels high, and at the same time create an overall happy work environment.
Set a Vision for Your Company
Your employees not only need to know the vision of your company but also share it with passion. Because if they do not know where the company is going no one will know what is expected of him. All the team members need to contribute towards the vision, and this awareness will give them focus to carry out their day-to-day tasks & responsibilities. Vision inspires people to go out of their way to get things done. It gives them a sense of purpose that is larger than life and provides feeling of belonging. And once everyone knows why they are doing what they are doing, the happiness levels just jump up.
Set Goals & Deadlines
By setting SMART goals for your colleagues, you improve their performance, which will strengthen business and make your employees better workers. Every employee will be happy if they know that their work is improving the overall strength and growth of their company, and that will motivate them to achieve their goals. So, set goals for every team member and department in your company, because contributing to the overall success of the company will inspire them to perform at their best.
Give Continuous Feedback
Giving feedback can sometimes be hard for managers. But, the best leaders have to be able to give and receive both praise and constructive criticism. Always give a constructive comment, use a professional tone, choose your words wisely and always be direct. If your employees are doing a great job, praise them to show them how satisfied you are with their work. Always remember that communication needs to work both ways. So, give your team members a chance to tell you if they feel that you are doing something wrong. Always give kudos for job well done and recognise improvements. This is one of the best ways to boost the morale of your colleagues and keep them happy in the longer term.
Setting the Goals is not enough, you need to track them, because this will help team members achieve them through to completion. Organise, assess and refine goals frequently, create action plans and track the time to make sure that all deadlines are met. Your employees will be safer and they’ll feel supported to see you encouraging them to go for the larger wins, both professionally and personally. Done right, tracking goals will help you find yourself in a sweet spot. You can make informed and predictable business decisions as well as have happy employees due to the constant encouragement and a sense of anticipation for success.
No one likes those annual performance reviews. It makes employees feel uncomfortable and nervous. Instead of that, you can keep constant and frequent communication between you and your team, and allow them to tell you what have they achieved during a certain period of time and what are the contributions they have made for the company. This way, they will show you what their ambitions are, and they’ll be motivated and satisfied to know that they are an important part of the team. This also opens up opportunities for you to guide and coach the team members who are facing challenges in completing their contribution.
Implement these work culture strategies in your company, even if your team size is 10 0r 10000. You will notice the difference in the behaviour and attitudes of your employees, they will feel more appreciated, relaxed, guided and most importantly, they’ll be equipped to do their jobs better and feel happy while doing so.