What Could Your Company Do To Increase Happiness Among Employees?

Are your employees loyal to their company? Maybe you need to give them a vacation, or, you know, a subscription to Fast Company?

There's always something that can be done to increase happiness around the workplace. Right?

Maybe it's something serious, like supervisors showing more respect for their employees, or a bit more lighthearted—like here at Fast Company where we're still pining for an office puppy to keep us company.

As usual, we asked you guys your opinion on the matter, and compiled a few of your best answers. If we've missed anything, please, share it with us in the comments!

What could your company do to increase happiness among employees?

Create a culture of shared success

It echoes some standardly excellent sage advice: "Choose a job you love, and you'll never work a day in your life."

And speaking of sages, Confucius says something similar about managing your career (and your workplace).

If employees are happy—and invested—they'll not only love coming in to work (see above), but they'll become advocates for your company. Famous chair designer Herman Miller is an excellent example of the culture your workplace should strive to create.

Chances are, you worked more than eight hours yesterday, and that's not okay. Even bees are overworked—and insanely stressed—these days, so what can we do? You can start by to creating a schedule that keeps you calm.

Be sincere, and subscribe to our magazine . . .

Ziver, it sounds like you've got things really figured out. For the rest of you, here's how leaders build trust, and properly navigate connectedness and relationships in the office.

Hey, we see what you did there!

Funny, but you actually raise a good point: get over yourself and take some time off. It's not the end of the world if you leave the office for a few days.

Convinced? Here's how to truly "vacate" into vacation.

And last but not least, probably the most important of the bunch! If you missed any part of our #unplug issue, check it out.

That's all for now folks.

If you have other thoughts on how your or any company can increase happiness, share it with us below in the comments!

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  • Hppy Apps

    Although it's said that people make very bad judgement calls on what will make them happy, they're sure about what makes them unhappy.

    Technology is starting to help with these issues lately. Managers now have access to a whole range of apps that measure and track happiness levels, engagement and allow employees to offer actionable feedback in real time. It's much, much more convenient and useful than the yearly employee surveys.

    Our advice: start communicating more, suggesting all possible feedback channels and being proactive as you learn what makes your employees happy or unhappy. 

  • Prod

    I can agree with Dame Dass—that you should hire people who are about the job, not the pay. However, people work their jobs to pay for their life so you do need to pay them well. You cannot substitute pay with a "fun" environment or other pseudo benefits. Having a job that you enjoy is important but I won't stay long if that fun leaves me behind on my mortgage payment. On a related note, employers should not try and trick employees with other BS perks...like impossible-to-meet bonus structures rather than pay raises. I suppose I sound bitter but I've worked for one really awesome, employee-centric company where everyone came to work happy, worked their tail off and loved every minute of it. And then I've worked at other places that couldn't get it right. Most people left quickly. A few others stayed but grew bitter. Both will stifle success.

  • Tim Ryan

    Cool post Miles! 

    At it's core, our company focuses on workplace happiness by facilitating peer-to-peer recognition and award fulfillment via social tools. The awards are important to some but the real impact comes from the timely and thoughtful recognition. Like a Facebook notification indicating someone has commented on one of your posts, a simple "thank you" or other form of recognition from a peer or boss lifts one's spirit, engagement and overall happiness at work.  Moreover, the act of giving recognition to someone who's helped you out on a project, covered for you while out sick, or encouraged you to try out a crazy idea produces a similar positive emotion and heightened level of engagement. 

    Thanks for your work on this post.

    Tim Ryan
    @youearnedit:twitter