• Hiring Happy

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    What would help your employees be more productive and thus help you make more money?

    “The people who are the happiest at work, compared to unhappy ones, take 10 times less sick leave, are twice as productive, stay twice as long on the job and believe they’re achieving their potential twice as much,” says performance coach Chris Cook.

    “Happiness is a mind-set that enables employees to work to their full potential,” says Cook, who just finished her Master’s in Management degree at Southern Oregon University. Cook, 51, spent 35 years in marketing and public relations.

    The Performance-Happiness Model calls for a culture of contribution, conviction about your motivation, a feeling that you fit in the culture, a commitment to engage and the confidence of believing in yourself and your job, she said. The idea of happiness can be elusive, but research shows it’s 50 percent genetic and 10 percent about health, marriage and money. That leaves 40 percent, she said, for workers and managers to play with. Google, Apple and Facebook are noted for having “a culture of helping people achieve their full potential … motivating by mastery, autonomy and purpose, where people are able to grow and get better at what they do.”

    So the two things that companies should do to have more productive employees are hire happy people and foster a culture of happiness. Stress is a part of every job, but there are many things that a company can do to help their employees be happy:

      1. Make employees feel safe. When employees feel you care, they are more likely to give you their best and not hold back.
      2. Communicate with your employees. In addition to the obvious positives, litigation risk is lowered when you communicate with your employees.
      3. Involve your employees with planning. They feel they have a stake in the outcome of the business.
      4. Consider incentive programs. They can be financial incentives, trips, or extended vacation periods.
      5. Develop leadership skills. Merely knowing what managers have to deal with goes a long way to helping them be more understanding and happy.
      6. Develop personal relationships. This has a direct effect on overall job satisfaction and commitment to the company.

    This article was based on an article written by John Darling in The Ashland Daily Tidings.

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