How to Increase Happiness in the Workplace

September 21, 2017

Employee satisfaction continues to be the highest priority for employers and employees --especially Millennials who will make up a massive 46% of the workforce by 2020Leading this new wave of workplace experience is the concept of workspace wellness. From open floor plans and informal meeting spaces, to encouraged breaks and more ergonomic-friendly furniture, workspace wellness covers a variety of areas.

 

Check out our guide below for tips on increasing positive vibes within your work environment.

 

  • COLORS.We’ve mentioned this before, but colors stimulate emotion and energy to an office or floor plan. It’s as easy as painting a wall and adding some colorful pillows to the common areas. Check out our post about colors in the workspace here

  • COMFORT. Investing in more human-centered and ergonomic friendly furniture is an absolute must. Your employees spend hours at a desk, staring at a screen. Having adjustable seating and desk options (i.e. sit-to-stand, height adjustable) along with adjustable monitors are an absolute must. 

  • ENCOURAGE INTERACTION. We all know that the more a team gets along, the happier they will be at the office. Encourage interaction among your employees. Set up out-of-office events such as a social hour at your favorite lunch spot. Employees are more likely to support and help one another at the office when a relationship exists.

  • OPEN FLOOR POLICY. Encourage your team to share ideas and feedback with one another and management.

  • INFORMAL SPACES/CREATIVE SPACES. Collaboration is a great way to inspire team work and creativity. Having a comfortable space equipped with adequate power supply and the proper learning tools (such as a white board to share ideas) is ideal. Read more about creative spaces here

  • WATER. Promote hydration rather than caffeine. Having well filtered water available for employees encourages a healthy lifestyle.

  • HEALTHY SNACKS. Healthy snacks available to employees will also promote a healthy life style. When catering team lunches, lean towards salads and fresh vegetables before pizza.

  • PHYSICAL FITNESS. Physical fitness is just as important as mental fitness. Encourage employees to be more active by offering multiple breaks throughout the day. Suggest a quick stroll around the office or outside to get some sunshine. 

  • WORDS OF AFFIRMATION. When an employee or a colleague is performing well, remind them how valuable they are with a simple thank you note.

     

     

     

     

     

     

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