Leadership Secrets: Is It Your Job to Make Your Team Happy?
A recent research by the University of Warwick found that there is a link between employees’ happiness and their productivity at work. In fact, happy employees show a 12% spike in productivity, while their unhappy colleagues are 10% less productive.
Nowadays many companies are willing to invest in their employees to create an atmosphere of happiness and satisfaction at work. And they already see the results – when employees feel positive, their brain works much better; they are more creative, more collaborative and better at solving problems.
Team leaders play a crucial role when it comes to employees’ satisfaction because their behaviour and attitude may promote happiness, as well as unhappiness.
5 ways leaders promote unhappiness
#1. Telling people only what you don’t like and don’t want.
#2. Being a perfectionist and accepting nothing less than that.
#3. Pointing out only people’s weaknesses and failing to provide support to them.
#4. Punishing people rather than encouraging them.
#5. Making people work all the time – no fun, just work.
6 ways leaders can inspire happiness
#1. Encourage trust and transparency
Transparency and trust help to eliminate secrets and increase employee’s loyalty. Employees are encouraged to speak their mind rather than hold back – and this is when they come with the best ideas and solutions.
Listening costs you nothing. But it’s extremely important to show your employees that you really care and understand them.
#3. Value your employees
Remind your employees that their work is meaningful and how much what they do means to the company.
#4. Celebrate your employees’ strengths
There are no people who are good at everything, We all have weaknesses, but as a great leader you should celebrate your employees’ strengths and give them relevant tasks that will unlock their potential.
Learn to be less controlling and start to delegate. This is a great way to bring out the best in employees and help them work on areas that they’re not as strong in.
Tell your employees how much you value them and their contribution – no special occasion is necessary. In fact, small tokens of your appreciation help people feel valued all year long.