Want a Happy Workforce? Hire Happy People.
February 15, 2012
Cook teaches managers and employees to prioritize with a new set of values -- trust, recognition and pride. According to the expert, people who are the happiest at work, compared to unhappy ones, take 10 times less sick leave, are twice as productive, stay twice as long on the job and believe that they are achieving their potential. The "Performance-Happiness Model" employees feel they fit into the workplace culture and are committed to engage in that culture. They also possess confidence in themselves and their jobs.
As positive examples, Cook points to cutting-edge employers such as Facebook, Apple and Google. Cook says they have "a culture of helping people achieve their full potential . . . motivating by mastery, autonomy and purpose, where people are able to grow and get better at what they do." Cook claims that employers should focus more on the idea of achieving goals by looking at people's strengths and how they can flourish. According to Cook, "Happiness is a mind-set that enables employees to work to their full potential." John Darling for the Tidings, "Work performance tied to attitude," www.valleyandstate.com (Jan. 11, 2012).
Commentary and Checklist
- Make employees feel safe. The safer you make employees feel, the more likely they understand that you care about their well-being and not just their productivity.
- Communicate with your employees. The more meaningful interchanges you have with your employees, the less likely you will experience litigation.
- Involve your employees with planning. When employers involve employees in the planning process, the employees are more likely to have a stake in their own work and their contributions to the workplace.
- Consider incentive programs to enhance salaries or provide other financial incentives. Many employers offer extended vacations, sabbatical periods, and tuition reimbursement.
- Develop the leadership skills of your managers.
- Develop relationships. Strong personal relationships enhance the happiness level of employees and aid employee retention.
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