Improve engagement, productivity, and health by fostering a happier and more meaningful work experience for your employees.
Employee engagement is certainly an effective mantra. But, we have to be careful that engagement doesn’t become synonymous with performance. We have to remember that engagement also has an emotional component. We propose that component is happiness.
With workplace design, some attempts (think slides, sandboxes, and ping pong tables) have been made to promote fun and social connection. But the conversation is changing. Companies, and even whole countries, aspire to a broader, more enduring outcome than productivity or engagement.
This emerging conversation is around the idea of happiness. Real happiness—and a meaningful life—is not a short-term emotion. It is an enduring state that can lead to productive, engaged, and healthy employees.
There are huge opportunities to effectively use workspace design in a more organic fashion to promote this enduring state of happiness. This translates to space with more flexibility and choice, leading to more interaction. According to the 2017 World Happiness Report released at the United Nations International Day of Happiness, activities that increase social capital—such as support people receive from fellow workers—are connected to happiness and higher engagement.
Realistically, not everyone works in a really cool, well-designed office. So, here are 5 tips to help your employees feel valued and promote happiness, no matter where you work.DOWNLOAD INFOGRAPHIC ›
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