Published on 10/07/2014
Employees are the strength of a company. Initiatives implemented from the Internal Communication Department and HR to make employees happy (and communicate it) are becoming more and more prominent. This is due to salary not being the most highly-regarded asset by employees today. By contrast, keeping the right balance between work and personal life gains importance in the values scale, as does feeling better in the workplace.
Several studies have reported the benefits that having a positive work environment involves. “It is known that happy people are more productive, and this has therefore an impact on work commitment and results” says Karina Perez, director of the consulting firm Robert Half Chile.
Employers demand more productivity and more competitiveness from their workers, but are these properly looked after? The Spanish Institute of Statistics has also noted the increase in cases of stress, anxiety and depression: 84% of Spaniards have suffered an episode of stress sometime in their lives. Stress is the reason for one in two sick leaves, wich costs 10% of the Spanish GDP. Moreover, experts in psychology and HR, like Simón Dolan, explained that 90% of suicides are work- or work environment-related.
Considering the above, creating work environments that promote happy employees is a challenge. The starting point could be a proper leadership; it’s not about inventing new jobs, it’s just about having the right leadership, with people able to help generate professional development and dynamic environments.
Many companies do not devote a specific budget to develop a strategic plan involving actions that result in enhancing internal communication. However, this is an aspect of vital importance when assessing how to make employees happy.
In evercom we help the Internal Communication Departments to measure the happiness of their employees through conventional concepts such as motivation, belonging, productivity, affiliation, integration, decision-making, teamwork or participation. We also update the ways to assess in order to help make the benefits derived from managing teams more profitable, to strengthen the link between perceptions and projections and to get a good working atmosphere and employee happiness.
We are experts in training attitude-developing leaders. Companies with exceptional leaders who can reinforce their employees’ skills will be winning companies! Our attitude reflects the concerns, desires and frustrations. If the best of every employee is strengthened, better value is added to the company.
New technologies and social media have helped to promote greater collaboration environments in change management. However, the most effective mean will always be the direct contact between managers and employees. Public recognition, a smile or a nod will always be more powerful than a message via email.
Cristina Murgas, Accounts Manager, Corporate & PPAA Communication Division