We know the secret ingredient to a happy office

By Kitty Knowles 28 February 2017

Can you guess it?

There’s a lot to be said for building a happy office. If employees are content, they’re more able to deliver their best work and far more likely to stay part of your team.

So what makes somewhere a great place to work?

Pride & praise are more important than money

Feeling a sense of pride in ones company is the most important happiness factor among UK employees, research by global HR firm Robert Half today reveals.

Next comes an environment of ‘fairness and respect’, and ‘appreciation’, suggest the survey of 2,000 employees, while ‘accomplishment’ and ‘freedom’ also maintain morale.

All-in-all, we’re a happy bunch (four in five of us believe we have good relationships with the people on our teams).

But it’s clear that work happiness about far more than just pay:

Over a third of us (37%) would be willing to accept a lower salary to secure our ideal job.

So what’s the secret to helping employees feel proud and respected and appreciated (and everything else)?

The answers might be simpler than you think.

Embrace a small team mentality

Levels of happiness are far higher in those who have regular team meetings, Robert Half found. Clearly, making sure you (and team leaders) speak to and engage their staff is vital.

This could well be the reason that Britain’s happiest employees work at more intimate companies of 100-249 employees.

The least happy Brits are in companies of 10,000 or more.

This doesn’t mean, of course, that big businesses inherently breed unhappiness, but that they could learn lesson from smaller tight-knit teams.

We all need face-to-face meetings that embed how much our roles matter, and well-deserved praise can go a long way. Likewise, a fair and equal business is one that everyone feels a part of – whatever their level .

If you don’t make your team, or business, feel personal, your best and brightest will soon likely be out of the door.

And that certainly wouldn’t be something to feel proud about.