Employee happiness is the natural result of a recognition-rich culture that engages everyone.
In a truly happy workplace, no one gets left behind, even new hires and remote staff.
International Day of Happiness is Tuesday, March 20. This year’s theme is “Share Happiness” — a focus on the importance of relationships, kindness and helping each other.
We need it! The U.S. ranks 18th among the world’s countries, with an average life satisfaction of around 6.88 on a scale of 10, according to a United Nations report.
“While that may be relatively near the top, America’s happiness figures have actually declined every year since the reports began in 2012, and this year’s are the lowest yet,” writes George Ward, a PhD researcher at the Massachusetts Institute for Technology and co-author of the new book “The Origins of Happiness: The Science of Well-Being Over the Life Course.”
In an article this week for the Conversation, “Why Americans are unhappier than ever — and how to fix it,” Ward addresses employee happiness directly.
“Not surprisingly, the world of work has a huge influence on our happiness as adults, providing not only income but also important social interactions as well as routine and purpose. The leading drivers of a satisfying work life include job autonomy, work-life balance and the quality of social interactions with coworkers and managers,” he writes.
Employee happiness “is not a luxury, but can make for a more profitable business environment,” he adds.Read More
Celebrating Easter in the workplace welcomes the Spring season! It’s a great chance to recognize employees with seasonal gratitude and fun, fresh gifts.
Perk up your team with a colorful Easter party that focuses on employee appreciation. Celebrating Easter in the workplace is the perfect time to recommit to New Year’s resolutions for 2018 and get excited for the rest of the year.
Easter this year is Sunday, April 1. It’s followed by Easter Monday, a public holiday in some countries and celebrated by Christians worldwide with family gatherings, festive parades and special foods. The week-long Jewish festival of Passover coincides with Easter this year, March 30 to April 7, starting with the first Seder on March 30.
Regardless of your employees’ religious affiliation, however, there are many secular ways to celebrate the season: a company-wide egg hunt for families, community outreach programs, fresh flowers for the office and brightly decorated baskets stuffed with chocolate treats and little gifts. Make it an inclusive occasion everyone will enjoy.
(It’s a perfect time to thank customers, too. See our recent how-to blog post on ideas for Easter customer appreciation.)
Your employee Easter gifts don’t need to break the budget — keep it simple, fun and festive. And don’t forget to include a “Thank You” message with your gifts. Gratitude is essential to the season and the cornerstone of meaningful employee engagement.
Brighten up the last few weeks of winter with these employee team-building ideas for Pi Day 2018 on Wednesday, March 14!
Pi Day — not to be confused with National Pie Day, our other favorite excuse to enjoy pie — is a holiday made up by math geeks to celebrate the irrational number that describes the ratio of a circle’s diameter to its circumference.
That number is typically rounded up and shortened to 3.14, so the holiday is celebrated on March 14. And 3.14 backwards spells … you guessed it, P-I-E. As PBS describes it, “Pi Day is a holiday for math (and pie) enthusiasts to celebrate their love of numbers.”
Pi Day is for the rest of us, too. Everyone loves pie, and even the math-phobic among us can get excited about numbers games and other related activities.
Take advantage of this holiday to engage employees as a break from work and a chance to get to know each other better.
Or, if your workers deal directly with math and numbers — for example, employees in retail or sales — ask them to play numbers-related games or participate in a fun math challenge related to their work.
Bottom line: everyone gets to enjoy a nice slice of pie.
Read on for fun ideas to celebrate your team this Pi Day.Read More
International Day of Awesomeness is today, Saturday, March 10. Celebrated every year for the past decade, it’s the perfect excuse to have a little workplace fun!
“An acceptable level of fun is rarely defined when companies speak of their corporate culture,” Adam Gale writes for Management Today.
But a company’s attitude to workplace fun is “constantly role-modelled.”
“You can see from the senior leadership how long it’s okay to spend chatting in the kitchen (five minutes is fine; an hour probably not) or how far non-work conversation or jokes at your desk are okay,” Gale writes.
Workplace fun isn’t just for downtime on the job.
It’s also role-modelled in leadership’s attitude toward the work itself and toward the more mundane aspects of workplace life, like onboarding, compliance paperwork, health benefits and safety education.
“The pre-ghost Scrooges out there may grumble that work is simply not supposed to be fun,” Gale writes. But, “as with many things, it’s about finding a healthy balance,” and that takes good management.
Read on for ideas on celebrating workplace fun wherever it’s needed — on International Day of Awesomeness, or any day.Read More
Your business depends on loyal, happy customers — show them the gratitude they deserve with an Easter customer appreciation gift, party or promotion, or a combination of all three!
Thanking customers at holidays is just good business, according to the Small Biz Trends’ article “5 Simple Strategies to Improve Holiday Sales Promotions.”
“Saying ‘Thank You’ is a fine way to show your appreciation to someone you’ve done business with. It sends a clear signal to your customers that you’re looking forward to continuing and building on the relationship that you’ve established with them,” writes Etai Elizur, COO at content marketing agency Inboundjunction.
“Moreover, saying ‘Thank You’ gives you the perfect opportunity to offer special holiday deals that would be of great interest to loyal customers.”
Effective Easter customer appreciation builds on your business relationship, lets customers know you value their business, and shares in the rejuvenating spirit of the Spring season.
“A holiday event gives your business an opportunity to create intimacy and reserve a moment with your customers,” according to Entrepreneur. “When you invite customers to a special event, you’re building relationships the old-fashioned way — with personal, face-to-face contact.”
Read on for Easter customer appreciation ideas for a seasonal “Thank You” customers will remember all year — while still easy and affordable for you.Read More
Didn’t plan ahead for Employee Appreciation Day this Friday, March 2? Or are you just looking for anytime employee appreciation ideas to help you and your team brainstorm for the coming months?
We’ve got you covered!
First, don’t worry that you haven’t planned ahead. A big appreciation dinner that takes months of planning — with catered food, entertainment and party games — can be a treat for employees, but it’s far from the only way to thank employees for their hard work.
In fact, spontaneous “Thanks!” are just as important. Everyday expressions of gratitude show employees that their efforts are noticed day in and day out, not just once or twice a year.
It gets to the heart of why employee appreciation is so meaningful: it communicates to staff that leadership is paying attention to them and cares about their performance. A few words of recognition from leadership mean a lot to rank-and-file employees, particularly in a distributed workforce, where face time with the C-suite is infrequent or nonexistent.
Bottom line: people love to be noticed for what they do. Everyday appreciation is a reminder that their work matters.
“Saying ‘Thank You’ encourages a gracious, polite and civilized workplace,” writes ChicagoNow’s Scott Huntington.
Over time, thanking employees fosters a culture in which gratitude is shared frequently and effortlessly. And that has a real business impact: 78 percent of employees say they would work harder if their efforts were better appreciated, according to Limeade.