If you ever watch NBC's The Office, you've noticed that the Dunder Mifflin employees generally seem to be happy, regardless of office hijinx or their boss's unconventional way of running the office. We all want to work at an office that is exciting and always has something going on, but that's not the reality for most work environments. In a professional office there are lines you have to draw, but just as important as employees keeping their boss happy, the boss should also be keeping his employees happy. There are a few tips you can use in order to increase happiness in the office, and in turn, increase productivity:
Music, if an office is too quiet time seems to drag, allow employees to wear their iPods or play their music at their desk at a low volume, just be sure that they have a quick mute button in case they need to take a call, or if someone comes to speak to them.
Potlucks, a good idea to bring up office cheerfulness is to have a potluck, maybe every month or every other week. This gives employees something to look forward to when they come in for the day, other than the probably stressful tasks they have at hand. A potluck is also good because it's one less thing the employee has to think about doing for the day, lunch.
Award gift cards, if someone is excelling in their position, they should be rewarded. People love recognition and who doesn't love gift cards, they don't have to be expensive gift cards, but a $25 gift card out to one employee at least a once a month can boost performance as well as employee happiness, because the employees will actually feel like you notice them.
Host a softball game with a vendor you work with, if you have enough employees, ask them to participate in a softball game for your company against one of your vendors. This will not only lead to happiness but it will also show the sense of pride your employees have for being a part of your company.
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