Leonardo Wilhelm DiCaprio, an American actor and film producer, said that, “If you can do what you do best and be happy, you’re further along in life than most people.”
With such a wonderful world blessed with everyday miracles that the Lord has graciously given us, it truly is mind-boggling to see so many sad, dissatisfied, depressed people everywhere. For many of us, happiness is a feeling that is rarely felt most especially in an environment where we are forced by financial circumstances to work for at least 8 hours per day. However, notice the use of the operative word “rarely” in the previous statement because happy workplaces, though scarce, do exist. Happy workplaces have become so uncommon that many employees seem to have forgotten how such workplace look and feel like. It is therefore not surprising that many professionals require some needed intervention just to make them realize that they are already existing in a happy workplace!
A happy workplace is where a strong communication between all personnel, regardless of status or designation, exists. Everyone is kept in the loop, nobody is caught unaware by significant changes in the company, and the bosses are open and happy to seek the feedback of their employees on important matters while the employees are inclined to listen to the ideas and guidance of the management.
In a happy workplace, the goal of the company is not appreciated only by the owners or managers. It would thus not be a surprise to see and hear everyone discussing the goals of the institution and making such goals as their own. People actually feel excited with the prospect of the company moving forward to attain its goals which make them think of ways on how they could positively contribute and help. People are involved in the company so much that they work as one cohesive unit towards the objectives that the company have set.
In a happy workplace, all employees are made to feel that they are integral parts of the whole unit; that they are not just robots or cogs on the wheels of the company machinery; that their very existence in the company is essential. In such a workplace, you are encouraged to do what you do best in order to contribute to the progress of the whole company. You are given the right tools, support, guidance, and data to make your life easier yet more efficient. A sense of fulfillment and importance, therefore, are not alien concepts to the employees forming the different parts of the institution. Growth is actually encouraged and nurtured by the management so that in return, the employees will be the reason for the advancement of the business. Employees do not feel stuck in a dead end role but, on the contrary, are made to feel that they are always being given opportunities to improve themselves.
The mood in a happy workplace is upbeat, positive, and refreshing. Chatting and laughing people are common sights in such a place. Although people are serious and focused in what they do, the surrounding is not in stony silence. People smiling greatly outnumber those who are frowning. Gossiping, however, must be differentiated from healthy chatting: the latter is encouraged while the former is simply not tolerated. Gossiping is not only the team leaders’ problem but even co-workers are willing to openly resolve issues instead of creating cliques and dividing the team.
In a happy workplace, everyone is open and welcoming to change. Everyone is open to new ideas and concepts. No one, therefore, feels fear at work. Employees are not averse to voicing any concern to the management and everyone feels that they can speak their minds openly but within reason.
Last indicator is if the employee turnover rate is low. Workplaces with a low turnover rate is a testament to the fact that the employees are relatively content, have excellent benefits, and that there is a big chance to grow within the company. Low turnover, with entry level employees in particular, is a sure sign that you are indeed working in a happy workplace.