Since 2018, the last week in September has been celebrated as The International Week of Happiness at Work.
In today’s fast-paced and technologically-driven world, the line between work and home is often blurred, so finding happiness and satisfaction in our jobs has never been more important. We spend a big portion of our day at work, and it’s estimated that the average person will spend around 90,000 hours at work in their lifetime. Happiness at work is not just a nice-to-have; it can be a powerful driver of productivity, innovation, retention, and engagement, and regardless of the size of your organisation, it shouldn’t be overlooked.
The International Week of Happiness at Work is a global movement that gives organisations the opportunity to reflect on their workplace culture, employee satisfaction, and overall happiness levels among their staff, with the aim of promoting happiness and wellbeing in the workplace. Research has shown that happy employees are more productive and creative, are healthier, less stressed, and take fewer sick days, and businesses taking proactive steps to improve employee wellbeing can improve their performance by as much as 10%.
Focussing on happiness and wellbeing at work shouldn’t be limited to one week in September, it should be consistent throughout the year and should be something that you regularly revisit and assess. Our professional lives should be more than just a means to an end, and businesses have the chance to make a difference when it comes to the wellbeing of their employees. After all, improving happiness at work is as beneficial for the wider business as it is for the individual.
If the happiness and wellbeing of your team isn’t high on your agenda, it should be. Here are some really simple ways to get started:
•Encourage a healthy work-life balance for your employees to avoid burnout.
•Recognising and celebrating the hard work and accomplishments of your team can be a big morale-booster.
•Workplace culture has a big impact on happiness, so it’s crucial to create a supportive work culture that promotes communication, respect and teamwork.
•Offering office perks and benefits can help show your team that you are about them. Even something as simple as free coffee and snacks on-site can be a great place to start.
Improving happiness at work is as beneficial for the wider business as it is for the individual
We spend up to 9 hours a day at work, so it should be no surprise that the office perks your team have access to can have a big impact on their wellbeing and happiness. Coffee has long been associated with workplace culture, and being able to grab a barista-quality coffee at work is something most modern employees would struggle to live without. In fact, 75% of office workers agree that a high quality coffee experience in the office suggests that their employer cares about their wellbeing. Not only does access to on-site coffee provide a welcome caffeine boost in a busy day, a well-located office coffee machine allows employees to build relationships as they catch up with coworkers over a coffee. It also gives them a reason to take a break away from their desk, giving a few moments of relaxation and connection throughout the day.
TopBrewer is more than just a coffee machine; it’s catalyst for conversation, a barista in your office, and a tool that can be used to improve happiness at work. Its sleek design allows it to be seamlessly installed in any environment, meaning it can become the focal point in a social space where your team will gather, and the simple-to-use app means your employees can be their own barista and customise their drink to meet their exact taste.
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