You might not be aware of it, but psychology is present in every workplace. The success of an organisation isn’t just found in the numbers. It’s also about how your employees behave. Are they happy? Do they come to work with a smile on their faces? What’s the quality of work?
For decades, businesses have been hung up on KPIs, ROIs and other performance metrics, instead of focusing on positive psychology. Let’s go through a few insights from psychology that help boost productivity and happiness in the workplace.
Know your people
With different genders, age groups and working styles at play, it’s not smart to follow a one-size-fits-all approach. What works for one employee might not for the one sitting next to him or her. Millennials love flexibility and collaborative settings, while baby boomers are used to working autonomously at their own desk. As your team changes and their needs do, too, make sure you accommodate them.
Focus on accomplishments & growth
Show your team that you care more about what they achieve rather than how much money they’re bringing in. Of course, money is important, but this shouldn’t be how you judge the success of your people. Look at how your team members are handling tasks. Are they completing them on time and to their best ability? Equally important, are they enjoyingthem? Recognition for contributions is something that’s often missing from busy workplaces. Getting the work done is expected, but this doesn’t mean the hard work needs to unacknowledged. Invest time in praise and recognition.
Make work meaningful
Everyone wants to produce meaningful art, no matter what the work is. Going into the office purely for money or something to do isn’t enough. Give your team the morethey’re searching for. Work with them to nut out their mission, values, and what they want to achieve. Meaningful work is a major facilitator of productivity and engagement. Tap into this and both you and your employees will be happy. Think about workplace benefits and going above and beyond for your people. Focus on creating meaning, purpose and passion among your workers.
There’s more to a successful company than what you see at first glance. Don’t ignore the psychology in your business.
Positive psychology can be used in various ways to increase happiness and health in your people, and longevity of your business.
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