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Maintaining Employee Happiness

You’ve heard the saying before, “happy wife, happy life.” Well this timeworn concept not only applies to the home front, but to the office as well. It’s really quite simple; when your employees are fulfilled the entire company reaps the benefits. It creates a positive work environment which contributes to the overall culture of the company, resulting in the organization’s success.

Employees who find joy in working each day are more engaged and connected to their jobs. A culture comprised of unhappy workers is detrimental to an organization. Therefore, it is your job as a leader to maintain a happy work space. So, on the heels of the second annual International Day of Happiness, here are a few suggestions to consider when it comes to your employees:

1. Treat Employees with Respect—Personnel on every level need to feel like they are bringing something to the table. By treating your staff with respect says that you value them as assets to the company. Subsequently, they become more concerned with helping the organization reach its intended level of success.

2. Trust the People You’ve Hired—Give employees opportunities to shine by allowing them to take on projects and responsibilities without second-guessing or demeaning their abilities. Trust that you’ve hired the right people; then set the strategy, define the goal, and get out of the way!

3. Clearly Communicate Your Vision—When your employees understand the company’s overall vision and goals, they become more aware of their roles and the position they play in the company. Lack of clarity or the feeling of confusion will only frustrate your employees more.

4. Give Feedback—Like I always say, “feedback is a gift.” In fact, it’s the gift that keeps on giving. Not only will constructive feedback motivate employees to perform better, but one can also learn from their mistakes resulting in an increased willingness to learn.

5. Gratitude Goes A Long Way—Last, but certainly not least, show your employees how much you appreciate them.  Leaders are human beings too; it’s okay to express your feelings of gratitude.  When you let workers know you care, the appreciation will begin to emanate through work performance.

Just remember, happy employees lead to a happy business,thus resulting in an even happier boss!

To Be A Great Leader, You Need A Great Team

I’m sure you’ve all heard the saying, “teamwork makes the dream work,” whether on the field or in the office.  This statement, as cliché as it may be, couldn’t be closer to the truth.  The people who stand beside you, behind you and all around you are the backbone to future longevity and successful leadership.  So far you’ve made your way to the top through your own hard work and diligent efforts, but the fact of the matter is, you don’t know everything and in order to perform effectively as a senior leader, you must accept the reality that you’ll never have all the answers.  A great leader will allow his or her team the opportunity to help in areas that are unfamiliar to him or her.

The most important asset of any organization is its people.  Having a strong core set of people around you is indispensable and greatly affects your ability to lead.  Neither leaders nor organizations rise above the level of talent on its roster.  In order to sustain growth in any business or corporation, it requires the collective input of like-minded individuals who also hone a range of various skills.  Selecting the right mix of people to complement your business is essential because having an effective management team will ultimately lead to a more efficient and capable working environment.  Coming up with a great idea is wonderful, but putting a team together that will bring that idea to life is what will keep your business thriving.  The way a team plays as a whole determines its success.    

With that being said, in order to achieve desired results from your team, you must empower them to make decisions and take risks.  Not only is this important to the growth and development of the individual, but for the entire company as a whole.  It is important that you challenge them with greater opportunities to grow.  Establish a good rapport amongst your team.  A disjointed team could eventually lead to corporate failure.

To maintain a high-performing team, you should:

Challenge your team—They need to feel like they’re taking on real issues and are a part of the company as a whole.

Communicate—Being able to clearly articulate your vision to your team is extremely important in order for you all to be working towards the same common goal.

Practice Honesty—When it comes to ethics, it is important to set the bar high. Your business and its employees are a reflection of yourself, and if you make honest and ethical behavior a key value, your team will follow suit.

Furthermore, if you expect your team to work hard and produce quality work, then you’re going to need to lead by example.