I’m very happy in my job… are you?
Working for a small agency for the past seven years I have seen lots of highs, and lots of lows. But being a SMALL agency means we stick together through thick and thin. I have had many account managers, executives, designers and art workers come and go, but the core team is still here, whom I love, and overall we are a happy workplace.
Having recently taken 10 months off for maternity, I was very nervous about my returning to the job I once loved. After all I had a new job now, I was a Mum. How would I adjust to full-time work again? What if the agency has changed in my absence? What if the job didn’t make me happy anymore? These were just some of the questions piling up in my head….
I have been back now for nearly 14 weeks, and I’ve actually returned with a totally new perspective on life (but I guess that’s what having a baby does to you!) I am really enjoying my new role. Don’t get me wrong, I still have those days when I have to call my creative partner and get a little pep talk, he reminds me I am not superwoman, and it’s okay to not have all the answers. But most days I love the challenges thrown at me, I work with people that make me laugh everyday, and I go home knowing I have done the best I could.
A priority initiative for my return to the agency was to make sure everyone is happy. Having a happy team generally means great customer service, therefore happy clients. I recently came across woohooinc.com, a company that delivers workshops and presentations on why happiness at work is essential to a successful business. Studies show that happiness at work may be the most important success factor for a modern workplace and that happy companies make more money.
With that in mind, here are my simple steps to building up a happy work environment:
- Welcome: Simply saying ‘Good Morning’ or ‘Hello’ can make a huge difference; studies show the start of your day can affect your mood for the rest of the day
- Praise: Let people know when they have done a good job, something as small as a ‘well done’ can really make someone’s day
- Transparency: Being open and honest with people means everyone knows where they stand, and what is expected of them, enabling them to feel confident in their role
- Breaks: Taking breaks is essential, having time to sit and chat with a cup of tea, or reading something non work related can be the make or break of having a stressful day
Have a Happy Day!