What is an employee happiness program?
Every business looks to increase growth and profits. And the responsibility to achieve this end always falls on the shoulders of the employees. No matter the circumstances, all employees are expected to rise to the occasion and deliver results.
But in setting such expectations from employees, there is one aspect that often gets overlooked - employee happiness.
A happy employee helps form a happy workplace. A happy workplace, in turn, drives productivity.
And one way to ensure employee happiness is through an employee happiness program. Having such a program or workshop at the workplace will involve activities that increase employee engagement and inspire employees to be better and do better every single day.
Imagine a world where almost every employee of your company wakes up inspired to go to work, feels trusted and valued during the day, then returns home feeling fulfilled. This is not a crazy idealized notion.
Today, in many successful organizations, great HR leaders create environments in which people work together naturally to do remarkable things.
You might have witnessed that some teams trust each other so deeply that they would literally put their lives on the line for each other. Other teams, no matter what incentives are offered, are doomed to infighting, fragmentation and failure.
Practical, easy-to-do activities & interventions which your
HR can use to do live support sessions for all your employees
Hello, I'm Susheel Agarwal, your coach for this program.
At 33 I was an average employee working in a highly competitive corporate.
I was earning a salary that I always dreamt of during my college days.
But I wasn't happy.
I felt something was missing.
There was a void inside me.
That led me to quit my corporate job and start an insurance broking company.
I realized then that the void was not due to my job but the absence of happiness at the job.
I made it a priority to seek happiness in whatever I do.
Now at 40 I am owning a reputed Insurance Broking Company valued over 10 USD
100% boot strapped.
Profitable from day 1.
Driven by a team of over 50 passionate people.
Serving over 300 Clients who are our Sales Ambassadors.
Surprisingly, I have more time now than ever before to do work that keeps me happy.
I realized that nothing I achieved was due to exceptional intelligence or good fortune. It was possible because I inspired my team members to find happiness at work.
That realisation gave birth to this program
It's time to give your employees something they really want.
Something that makes them happy.
Something that incentivizes them to do their best work.
Something that they can't help but talk about.
Something that takes them to dinner with their loved ones after work, more often.
Something that inspires them to come back to work in the morning.
Something that will increase their productivity by 500%.
What you need is intention and sincere efforts to learn and implement the strategies. Most of the strategies can be implemented by HR at no cost or minor cost to the organisation.
Research says that happiness is dependent on 50% genetics, 10% on circumstances and 40% on what we do and think.
The key to happiness lies not in changing your genes (which is impossible) or changing your circumstances (which has little impact and is often impractical, or downright impossible), but in changing factors under your voluntary control—actions you take and thoughts you think.
Large part of our actions and thoughts are influenced by our workplace environment and our Lifestyle.
Our Lifestyle is not helping much. It is constantly asking us to consume more, earn more, be more competitive — and that’s the opposite of happiness.
And that is why, there is strong need to have a happy workplace environment.
The power of a happy workplace can help a person to remain in a stage of happiness — even in a fiercely competitive workplace. And Happiness is contagious.
This is our first and most crucial step in creating a happy workplace.
If we are to create a plan for happiness at work and assign responsibility, then it starts from one knowing the fundamentals of creating a happy workplace.
In the past, it was the organizations that chose employees. Nowadays, it's the employees who decide which organizations they want to work for.
Traditionally, employees were the ones who sold themselves to organisations.
However, HR is now the one selling to employees.
Until the date of joining, they do not know whether the employee who took the offer will show up.
Talent today wants to be engaged, and wants to be rewarded for their inventiveness and creativity.
They want an environment that will help them grow and evolve.
In order for them to be able to perform at their best, they need a work environment where everyone collaborates.
Essentially, they are seeking a happy and productive workplace.
A lot of our employees want to imitate other people and have the things they have.
They think having those things will make them happy.
This couldn’t be further from the truth.
Every one of them is an entirely unique being.
This means that each employee will need to find their own secret formula for happiness.
We should only help them find their secret formula for happiness.
Who will be more happier. Is the employee getting 1 lac per month while his peers are getting 1.5 lac per month or is the employee getting 90K per month while his peers are getting 80K per month? You probably answered the latter. It's true that money can give instant happiness, but it lasts only for a few days.
The first part of this evaluation will require you to take note of your emotions. Since your emotions often change with each moment, you will have to track them often. At the end of each day, review the emotions that you experienced during that day.
Note them down in a journal or notebook, and do this at different points in the entire day. Repeat this for thirty days. Over time, the day to day variances in your emotional state will be eliminated. When the month ends, you will have a good understanding of your emotional state and actually how happy you are. This might take you just about five minutes each night.
Becoming aware of how your emotions work is a much more accurate way of measuring your happiness than thinking about how you feel.
Given all other variables are the same, we should look at When an employee is happy, why would they want to change jobs?
Perhaps something happened to make them unhappy at their current job.
Using the formula in our "from HR to CEO program" can help us decide whether to hire or reject the candidate.
Some of the signs of a low Happiness level that you should look out for in your employees include:
The baby boomer generation worked for survival, that is food, medicine, a house, education, and clothes.
Generation X worked hard for respect. They raised their children with the best education and upbringing.
Millennials and Gen Zers are working for fulfillment, and a bigger cause. They need a place of work where they can keep improving their skills so that they can start making an impact on the world.
Yes, a happy work environment will help you retain good employees. You will also be able to ensure your organization has the right employees.
Considering the fact that AI and Robotics have already started replacing transactional jobs.
"In the future, the business functions will blur;
Probably there will be no separate HR, admin, accounts, or sales functions."
Every employee will play the role of HR, accounts, and a sales guy for the organization. This would result in transforming every employee into leaders, each playing the role of the CEO of an organization.
And the job of the real CEO will just get limited to that of an HR.
Most importantly, the future of HR has already arrived, faster than anticipated as a result of the recent pandemic.
Yes, the lowest point of your happiness can be the happiest point for someone else.
Because negative emotions are louder than positive emotions. If you look at the newspaper today, there are more negative stories than positive stories. That's because newspaper companies know that negative stories sell better than positive ones. People are naturally moody. Staying positive requires conscious effort.
Anyone who has ever hit a milestone in their physical fitness routine, knows that happiness can be found in getting one’s body into shape. The sense of fulfilment that comes from hitting targets cannot be bought. Scientifically, physical fitness activities are linked with the increase of endorphins and anti-bodies. Endorphins and anti-bodies boost the body system making a person healthy, and a healthy person is a happy person.
Happy, focused people have been shown to be 500% more productive, according to one study. They can be focused because their minds are free from the cloudy, depressing sounds of sadness. And when we are productive, we get a sense of achievement that leaves us satisfied.
The working dynamics of a small organization and that of a large organization differ greatly. The level of employee engagement in these places is dependent on employee count. When designing a workplace strategy that has employee happiness as its goal, remember to put employee count into consideration. The strategy for each company will be one that is designed to handle the number of employees in each organization.
No, because every organization’s demography is different.
The current culture of any organization is a result of Geographical influences like whether, food etc
Employees background factors like their upbringing, value systems etc
Vision of Organization
Industry in which company is operating, and
Each organization needs to have a different strategy depending on the above dynamics. However, the framework discussed in the workshop forms the foundation that should be adopted to create the strategy.
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