Are your employees happy? Heck, does it even matter?
According to research by the Gallup Organization, disengaged workers cost the U.S. economy $350,000,000,000 per year.
That’s 350 billion … with a b, bub.
And to put it into your own personal perspective, think about how many people you see on Facebook complaining about:
- having to go into work,
- how quickly the weekend went by,
- how they’ve got to find something better
- how much their co-workers annoy them
We’ll go into actively, publicly complaining about your job another day, and yes, some people are simply systemically unhappy.
But some companies are also systemically dreary and depressing.
Yet, in both cases, some aren’t. We’re going to be talking with a few of them in the next couple weeks about what keeps them happy in the office (or keeps the office happy).
If you’d like a head start, Lydia Dishman just published the Secrets of America’s Happiest Companies for Fast Company.
What exactly makes those staffers whistle while they work? CareerBliss just released its findings on the 50 happiest companies in America. The data, based on employee-submitted reviews, evaluated the key factors such as work-life balance, one’s relationship with his/her boss and coworkers, work environment, job resources, compensation, growth opportunities, company culture, company reputation, daily tasks, and job control over work performed on a daily basis. The answer to what makes a happy company is an amalgam of all these different factors, which might indicate that companies perceived as innovative would consistently snag the top spots. Not so.
How about you? Any advice? What does your company do? What do you do?