A happy and more productive workforce is a win-win for workers, their bosses, and business owners.
In case you haven’t been reading Inspire to Thrive recently, this is a series of posts on productivity sponsored by Wrike. Did you know having a happy staff can increase your business productivity by 31%?
That’s a pretty high number today especially if you are a small business!
13 Ways to Build A Happy and More Productive Workforce
1. A Fitness Contest
Not only will people feel better they will become healthier. Give away pedometers with your logo so they can track their success.
Whenever possible have a monthly contest and give away fun prizes.
Of course, if you can afford it give them a fit-bit to track their success. They will surely love having these devices to track their steps and even their sleep patterns and more. Having your workers get more sleep will sure boost your workforce’s productivity level.
2. Eating Healthy – Salad Buffet
Offer healthy snacks and lunches at the office. It’s another way to keep your staff healthy and they will also feel better. Equally important, employees that feel better will also work better!
Have healthy vegetables with dip ready in the office cafeteria or refrigerator if you have a small area. Anytime someone gets hungry they can just open the refrigerator for a delicious little snack.
I know I can’t work well when my tummy growls that I am hungry! It can really interfere with my thinking and creativity. Equally important, eating too much can put one into a food coma as well!Employees that feel better will also work better! Click To Tweet
Don’t forget to stock the coffee! It’s known to be a productivity super drug as well and keeps us alert. Caffeine today also offers a wide variety of health benefits.
3. Lunch Walks
Going for a walk a lunch can really give people a creative solution during their lunch hour. This is my favorite way to unwind and come up with new ideas.
In fact, there is nothing like a good walk even if just for 20 minutes. Or even better give them a full hour. You may be amazed at the creativity this tactic will offer.
4. Gym Memberships
Finally, if you have the money offer gym memberships at a discount to your employees. They will really appreciate this perk! Furthermore, not many small businesses or even large companies offer this perk today.
It can also cut down on your health care costs and we know how these are soaring today. You may be able to save on some taxes with this one but be sure to consult your tax accountant for this one.
5. Birthday Celebrations Make for a Happy and Productive Workforce
Equally important, these celebrations don’t have to be with cake and ice cream. You can offer delicious healthy varieties of fruits for these!
Birthdays can be celebrated monthly instead of as they arrive. This will keep down the number of office parties but yet recognize everyone’s birthdays. Don’t forget to wish them a Happy Birthday on social media too (if they are there!)
.@amandamricks have an awesome day! pic.twitter.com/TOhEjmBVAV
— Lisa ??? (@Lisapatb) June 12, 2018
6. Victory Celebrations
Celebrate the little victories. Give employees an hour or two off – they can leave early on a Friday or start later on a Monday. There is nothing better you can offer employees than time off. You can’t buy time with money so it’s really a priceless perk. Furthermore, if it is a big victory you could make it an extra day off.
Celebrating victories shows employees that you recognize the hard work they did to achieve or go over goals that were set for them. This will surely make for a happy and more productive workforce.There is nothing better you can offer employees than time off. You can't buy time with money so it's really a priceless perk. Click To Tweet
7. Bring Your Pets to Work for a Happy and More Productive Workforce
Offer a pet-friendly environment. Many people will love this perk! They won’t have to rush home to take care of fido. In the United States alone, 70% of all households own a pet as of 2017 according to the Paw Adviser Blog.
Have you heard that with a dog around collaboration soars in the office? It was a study done by the Economist in 2010.
As a result, you will have to have some room to offer this fabulous perk. You will need an outdoor area for the pets to go out and do their own job!Have you heard that with a dog around collaboration soars in the office? Click To Tweet
8. Volunteer Programs to Help Others
Did you know people feel better when they help others? This one is a mental boost for all and it truly can help those less fortunate.
Give your employees a day off a month or a few times per year to go volunteer and help out a good cause.
9. Team Building Fun for a Happy and Productive Workforce
Make team building fun for everyone. You can do something simple like scavenger hunts in the office. Or you could start a bowling team or softball team outside of the office environment.
It really depends on how much time your team members have and what their interests are. Pick something that most of the team will truly enjoy for your team-building activities.
10. Holiday Fun Parties
These can be simple and during the day so workers don’t miss family time at home. Who wants to go out another night with the office crew when they already spend 40 or so hours per week with them?
The parties can be around food or giveaways and awards. Finally, make it a yearly party so they will have something to look forward to next year. (and stick around!)
11. Costume Days for Fun on Fridays
Make Fridays dress down Friday, that way everyone can wear jeans or fun tee shirts to work.
Let your employees pick themes to get dressed up in and have some fun! It can be holiday attire for the different holidays throughout the year.
Consequently, you could give away some prizes including time off or movie passes for their entire family.
Make it FUN FRIDAY and add some tweets to the day’s events!
Happy Friday! pic.twitter.com/uYarbsGkmK
— Lisa ??? (@Lisapatb) June 15, 2018
12. Weekly Happy Hour
A weekly happy hour can happen an hour before closing time. Be sure to offer some food if you are going to serve alcohol. Not to mention, you don’t want anyone driving home with too much to drink. Keep it light and with plenty of food for a happy workforce!
13. Grow Some Office Plants for a Happy and More Productive Workforce
Last but not least growing office plants is a big productivity boost for office workers! Office plants are known to freshen up the air and actually make people feel better.
This one will surely make for a happy and more productive workforce. It’s known that office plants can increase office productivity by 15%.It's known that office plants can increase office productivity by 15%. Click To Tweet
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Finally, what are you doing today to produce a happy and more productive workforce at your office or small business? I’d love to know more in the comments about what would make you happier at work.
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