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A job, by definition, is not necessarily fun, or enjoyable. Work is hard. Dealing with work stresses day in and day out is hard. Learning how to find a balance in life between the stresses and pressures of work and life outside of work is hard. Learning how to offset this by creating a great place to work is essential for your sanity, your success — and the success of your business.
One of the most important lessons that many leading companies have learned is that encouraging and fostering a work environment that is fun and that inspires employees to take joy in their work can reap enormous benefits. Happy employees are loyal employees, and loyal employees can do amazing things. This is one of the keys to success for such industry leaders as Google, Apple, and software analytics giant SAS Institute.
Here are ten key reasons why creating a workplace and an office environment that people love is critical for your business:
1. Happiness has a multiplying effect
Happiness is contagious and, when encouraged, can spread throughout an entire company. Employees who take joy in their work make excellent role models for their fellow workers and encourage them to also take joy in their work.
2. Happy employees are successful employees
Employees who genuinely enjoy their work are more productive, happier, and more successful. This increases self-confidence and inspires greater performance and greater success for both employee and employer.
3. Happy employees have the right attitude
Unhappy employees have a negative attitude that can permeate their work and stifle job performance and creativity. Happy employees, on the other hand, have a positive can-do attitude that allows them to succeed.
4. Reducing stress increases productivity
Stressed-out employees are distracted employees. This can have a devastating effect on productivity. Eliminating stress and worry can lead to an instant productivity boost.
5. A positive work environment encourages risk-taking
Business is not about playing it safe. Business is about taking the right risk for the right rewards. Happy employees are more likely to take calculated risks, while unhappy employees are more likely to play it safe.
6. Happy employees support each other
Positive, fully engaged employees are more willing to support fellow workers and to provide positive support and encouragement for group projects. And happy employees are more likely to ask for support if it is needed.
7. Happy employees are not afraid to make mistakes
A supportive work environment encourages your team to learn from their mistakes rather than fear them. Mistakes can be a powerful learning tool that can lead to unforeseen success. Workers who are afraid to make mistakes will miss important learning opportunities.
8. Leaders lead by example
Managers who take real joy in their jobs – and encourage their workers to enjoy their work – inspire confidence, dedication and loyalty. Leaders who set positive examples are a critical component of the success of any business.
9. Happiness inspires creativity
Innovation is the lifeblood of any business, and happy employees are inspired, creative employees who will create the solutions your business needs to succeed.
10. People like to work with happy people
Finding joy in your work can yield enormous benefits by improving relationships between both employees and employer. Happy workers are more willing to work together for the common good, more likely to encourage company loyalty, and more like to encourage the strong team building that is vital to your company’s success.
Creating a work environment that is fun and happy is not easy. The more you try the bigger dividends it will pay.
This article was written by Rhett Power. He is the author of the new book The Entrepreneur’s Book of Actions: Essential Daily Exercises and Habits for Becoming Wealthier, Smarter, and More Successful. Learn more at rhettpower.com.