How Do You Identify Happy Employees At Work?

The most common notion of a job is not necessarily fun or enjoyable. Work is challenging. Dealing with work stresses every day is challenging. Inability to find the work-life balance due to stress and pressure of work only adds up to the stress. It is very essential for you and your organization to learn and create a great place to work.

Your organization can reap enormous benefits by encouraging and nurturing a fun and inspiring work environment that encourages the employees to take joy in their work. Happy employees are always dedicated employees, and loyal employees work wonders for the organization. Industry leaders like Google, Apple, etc., are leaders for a reason, and that reason is employees’ happiness.

What are the benefits of having a workforce, you might wonder? For starters, happiness has a multiplying effect. A smile is contagious, positivity is contagious, and with a little amount of encouragement, it can spread all over the company. The current employees who find happiness in their work become great role models for the employees joining tomorrow to find happiness at their workplace, and this chain continues through generations. Happiness is also a factor enhancing the worker’s productivity and motivating them to become successful along with the organization.

Happy employees naturally tend to have a positive attitude towards work. They come to work with a can-do attitude that allows them to move forward and succeed, unlike the unhappy employees who carry a negative attitude. Moreover, the employees that feel stressed at work are likely to distract the other workers. On the other hand, happy employees show a willingness to support their subordinates and colleagues to provide positive support and motivation for group projects. They are also more vocal in expressing themselves when they require more support.

Business is all about taking chances – taking the right risk for the right returns. Happy employees stay open to take calculated risks compared to the unhappy ones who like to play it safe. We are all aware that in the business world, risk = returns.

Given all the importance that employees’ happiness holds, it becomes essential to know the state of employees’ satisfaction in your organization.

Signs That Your Employees Are Happy And Satisfied

You may want to make efforts to make your workplace better, or you may have implemented that already and may be willing to know if it is working or not. In either case, you may want to know the current level of the employees’ happiness and satisfaction in your workplace. Here are five concrete signs that show that your employees are happy and satisfied.

1. The Smiles Never Lie

You might have heard the saying that the real smile includes happy eyes. That indeed is true. One way to make sure that your employees are happy is to observe their faces when you talk to them. Are they smiling at all? If they are, follow their eyes and face. A genuine smile wrinkles the eyes and changes the expression of the whole face by lifting it up. Fake smiles only include the lips.

Spotting a fake smile can help you become more mindful of the state of mind of the employee at work. Here are three tips that help you spot a fake smile.

  • The lack of eye movements:  Genuine smiles use the orbicularis oculi – a muscle that causes the eyes to close. If a person fakes a smile, their upper face will remain unchanged.
  • The lack of crow’s feet: The same muscle – orbicularis oculi – is also responsible for the small wrinkles at the corner of the eyes. These wrinkles are also known as the crow’s feet. The crow’s feet are believed to be the sign of genuine smiles for ages.
  • ’Visibility of the bottom teeth: The face muscles called the ‘zygomatic major’ moves upwards. When the person shows a fake smile, there is a tendency that this muscle moves outwards. This leads to exposure of the bottom teeth.

2. Willingness To Spend A Few Extra Minutes At Work

If your company throws voluntary events after business hours, it is an excellent opportunity to see which employees attend and which don’t. Observe the same and give it some thought. Employees who communicate with their co-workers after office hours and demonstrate general interests in the company are usually reflecting happiness in their jobs. Any human being would prefer not to see work outside of work or outside of office hours, no matter how fast friends they are with employers or colleagues. A general instinct is that a person would want to reach home as soon as possible to relax and spend some time with the family. Choosing to see the work voluntarily signifies that your employees are happy and content with their work.

Like how staying back at work shows the employees’ happiness, their coming early to work shows their intention to continue working for the organization. If you have worked as an employer for a while, you would know that unhappy or unmotivated employees often do not care less about clocking in punctually or leaving five minutes late to a last-minute project. Observe the employees who spend a few extra minutes at work willingly.

3. Keep Their Workplace Clean

Being disorganized and being unclean are two different things. If your employee’s desk is highly cluttered with papers scattered everywhere, it’s okay. It may not be ideal, yes, but it’s okay. It does not mean they’re unhappy, just a little busy organizing their desk. However, if food packets and banana peels are lying around and the stain of the spilled ink from a week before is still there, you might want to think about it.

Uncleanliness at work is a result of unhappiness. Cleanliness reflects your health, activity, productiveness, and pride in life situations. Employees who keep their workplaces clean voluntarily are likely to be happier in their positions and work compared to the employees who don’t.

4. Customizing Work

The perfect job is not attained but is created. If your employees enjoy the freedom and encouragement to make their work their own, that is a positive sign that they are happy with the opportunity to work for you. They maximize their performance, productivity, and job satisfaction, in order to display dedication to a long-term career at your company and show their happiness as your employees.

Personalization can be in the form of customizing the workspace too. I understand that as a company, you would be concerned that personalization may cause distraction at work. However, in reality, the opposite is true. Allowing the employees to have a picture of just a plant can increase their productivity compared to those who don’t.

These days people are rejecting the idea of corporate blandness. They want to embrace passion and meaning in their work lives. They want their work to hold importance, and I agree. This era is a time to make your workplace more humane. Displaying pictures of families and personal mementos on a desk is an effective way to assist people to feel happier and more productive at work. It brings more personality to your workplace and constructs a more inviting environment.

5. Being Energetic And Offering Solutions

It is draining to work when a person is unhappy. Work holds a massive part of employees’ daily routine. Thus, it is essential to consider how unhappiness and dissatisfaction with a job could have an overall effect on their outlook on life. If a person is miserable for over 40 hours every week, that mood may lead to lethargy and reduced productivity.

Do your employees participate in your organization’s problem-solving sessions by providing their opinions or views? Ideas hold value in the organization. If your employees take time voluntarily to think about the company’s future, that is a gift in itself. It is not necessary that they tell you about all the fantastic ideas for your business, but if they do, think about what it means. It means that they are enjoying their work enough to think about the improvisation and betterment of your company, their future, and that too happily.

Ending Notes

We live in an era where employees are the most treasured asset for any employer, unlike the past, where they expected the employees to stay in their jobs for a more extended period of time (sometimes 20 to 30 years). However, in the present day, it is common to have employees spend a year or two at your company before taking up another opportunity that offers a better work culture.

Besides following the measures mentioned above, you can also conduct employee satisfaction surveys to gather honest and anonymous feedback from your team. The response you receive allows you to know and address the issues that lead to employee dissatisfaction and prioritize the areas that lead to happy employees; by focusing on making sure that your employees are satisfied in their current jobs and with your company, you will retain the existing employees and attract quality applicants.

Author bio:

Divyang Metaliya is a Business Consultant working with factoHR. Apart from managing and improving business processes, his hobby is to spread his vast area of knowledge to the people out there. He loves to create content that is innovative and engaging for the readers.

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