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5 tips for happier employees

A smile behind the counter makes a profit

Hanging mouths and bad mood can be devastating for a workplace. Numerous Danish and international surveys show that happier employees increase productivity and profits in the store. On the other hand, poor mood can lead to numerous disorders such as stress, anxiety, depression and other illnesses.

By Frederik Tillitz

A Danish report shows that employees who lack job satisfaction or good relationships with colleagues have an absence due to illness that is 4.8 times greater than usual. One third of all sick leave is due to poor mental health and safety, and it costs around DKK 37 billion a year in Denmark.

It is therefore in everyone's interest to have employees who jump out of bed in the morning with pure joy.

But what do you do if it's your own employees hanging out with the mule? Here are five tips for happier employees.

  1. Praise your employees. Everyone loves to get praise. However, in many workplaces there is a tendency that as long as you do your work you will not hear anything. Which means that as soon as you make the smallest mistake, burns down. Drop it, and instead start praising people when they do something good. It is very motivating with a few sincere, praising words from the boss when you have just performed.
  2. Greet good morning. It's an awful way to start the day when you come in and everyone is sitting with their eyes fixed on their own. By contrast, a prevailing “good morning!” Creates a completely different atmosphere in the workplace. A whole host of well-liked morning greetings are sure to make for a better day. Studies also show that the start of your day affects the rest of it, so you might as well start with a smile.
  3. Do something nice for an employee. We love all the little thoughtful things that others do for us. Make an extra cup of coffee when you pick up coffee yourself. Just something that makes an employee happy.
  4. Flexibility. Many studies show that employees who can put together their own working hours are both happier and more productive. Then they have the opportunity to pick up their children in kindergarten, or go earlier a day when they need to go to the doctor.
  5. Dialogue. Even if you are the boss of it all, it is still important that your employees come to you and that you listen to them. In doing so, you also need to be open to criticism - it provides a clearly better employer.

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