Talent and HR News Weekly Roundup: Focusing on Employee Happiness

Summer is usually a time when people are generally happy. The weather is warm, the sun is out longer, and vacations are plentiful. These are all things that boost a person's mood. What if your employer could contribute to a person's happiness too? Here are some excellent articles focusing on employee happiness. 

And speaking of vacations, happy 4th of July to our American friends and clients! 

1. 6 Tips For Keeping Your Employees Happy from Careerealism

"Managing an office and keeping employees happy is no small task. The truth is, sometimes no matter what you do it’s nearly impossible to make everyone happy at the same time. The key to minimizing employee turnover rate is to make people feel acknowledged and appreciated. As mentioned on Deputy’s blog, being an effective manager is all about communication."

2. Can Mindful Managers Make Happier Employees? from Greater Good

"We’ve seen rising interest in the impact of cultivating moment-to-moment awareness in the workplace. Most research has focused on benefits for employees who practice meditation or who possess high mindfulness traits or skills, like accepting feelings without judgment. Yet, very little work has been done to examine how someone’s mindfulness influences other people in a workplace setting. Is it possible that your mindfulness practice could influence your colleagues?"

3. Does "Employees More First" Disparage Customers? from Futurelab

"Anne M. Mulcahy, former chairperson and CEO of Xerox Corporation said: 'Employees who believe that management is concerned about them as a whole person - not just an employee - are more productive, more satisfied, more fulfilled. Satisfied employees mean satisfied customers, which leads to profitability.'"

4. How to Make Your Employees Smile from Inc. 

"Meet Paul Spiegelman - Paul Spiegelman, the founder and CEO of Beryl, a call-center company in Bedford, Texas, has built a unique, people-centric culture, which he chronicled in the book,Why is Everyone Smiling? His next book, co-authored with Beryl employees, is titledSmile Guide: Employee Perspectives on Culture, Loyalty and Profit. Here, Spiegelman shares tips on how to keep your workers happy."

5. Employee Happiness and It’s Impact on Your Bottom Line from Level Up Leadership

"Employees who are passionate about what they do and satisfied with their contributions to your business are employees who will create the most benefit to your company culture and your financial success. In fact, CNN Money found that people who are satisfied with their jobs actually work longer hours than people who are dissatisfied. Only when people feel truly satisfied in the work that they are doing do they give their full potential. Here are a few ways you can help your employees be more satisfied with their work and thereby improve your bottom line."

6. 25 Employee Engagement Ideas from Get Happy

"Employee engagement is not an exact science. So far, the whole concept has been built on HR experience, positive psychology and business models that engage a company’s talent towards a productive culture of success. At the core of employee engagement, similar to any company’s foundation, are some values. These values determine the why, how and what of that company."

Lexi Gordon is a Lead Consultant for exaqueo, a workforce consultancy that helps startups and high-growth companies build their cultures, employer brands and talent strategies. Contact exaqueo to learn more about how we can help you build a workforce that’s aligned with your company culture and develop an employer brand that will allow your business to scale the right way. 

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