Happiness is a great thing and we can all agree that we seem to have increased levels of energy, decreased levels of stress, are more creative and helpful to others when we are happy. This does not always translate into a working environment. For some reason. employers forget that a business is run by its employees. While keeping customers and clients happy has been a focus of business success for years, ensuring employee happiness has not always been such a priority.

However, if an employee is more energised, creative and productive when they are happy, it makes sense that having employees that are engaged and motivated is something that employers should be trying to achieve.

There has been a lot of research which indicates the relationship between productivity and employee engagement. Happy employees will equal increased productivity which ultimately results in profits. Whether we look at startups or large, established enterprises, the same is true: People are more productive and creative when they have more positive emotions.

Positive people have the ability to more regularly come up with new ideas and help solve issues in the workplace. So why doesn’t every workplace try to make employees happy?

There is a misconception that employees just want a salary increase. This is not true and creating a happier workplace isn’t as difficult as you may think.

In fact, research confirms that salary is never the primary reason people leave jobs – they leave jobs first and foremost because they feel undervalued or unappreciated. They feel their contribution is not valued. This does not mean that a salary needs to be disregarded, but it is not the most important component.

Here are 10 things you can do immediately to change the happiness level in your employees and improve your bottom line.

1 Build trust

2 Provide feedback

  1. respect your employees

4 Provide career opportunities

5 sharing goals

6 Setting a clear big picture

7 recognising success

8 Facetime

9 Open communication

10 Flexible work options