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Liam Butler

AVP

SumTotal, a Skillsoft company

Embrace the concept of

happier employees and reap

the rewards

A recent survey by the University of Warwick,

found that more than 55% of UK workers are

unhappy in their job. Chronic unhappiness at

work can lead to an employee quitting their job

or failing to perform. According to the research,

happy employees are around 12% more

productive, using their time more effectively

and increasing the pace they can work without

sacrificing quality.

A positive environment can lead to increased

productivity and employee engagement,

greater satisfaction amongst the workforce and

improved business ROI. There are a number

of methods that businesses can employ to

help boost happiness. Below you can find

three simple areas that can have a dramatic

effect on employee happiness and wellbeing:

1. Offer flexible working time

For many employers, work/life balance

remains a difficult issue, despite attempts to

improve it. However, while the primary

intention is to provide some relief to employees

who feel overworked and stressed, addressing

the balance also gives them an opportunity to

work when they are at their most receptive and

productive. Few people are capable of

continued concentration over long periods and

reports suggest that shorter working days

could ultimately drive greater productivity.

By having a more flexible working culture, and

allowing workers to take themselves out of the

office, employers can see improvements to

efficiency and productivity. If employees are

working in environments that they perceive to

be more conducive to work, they are more

engaged, happier and output is likely to be

greater.

2. Offer L&D programmes

Today's workforce values greater flexibility,

recognition of achievement and better

opportunities for personal and professional

development. These benefits are appreciated,

often over financial incentives.

Many organisations have come to realise that

almost 80% of employees will stay longer if

they can see a career path within the

company. However, with the dissolution of

traditional career ladders, demonstrating this

can be challenging for employers.

By allowing employees to explore desired

roles within their organisation, L&D initiatives

can uncover opportunities as well as gaps in

their experience.

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