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Imagine a workplace where people are in control of the work they do. Imagine they have freedom, within clear guidelines, to achieve their results. Imagine they are able to have the life balance they want. Imagine they accountable for the work they do, rather than the time they spend at their desk. Wouldn't you want to work there?
This is Happy's vision, outlined by Henry Stewart in his book the Happy Manifesto. It outlines 10 core principles to create a happy, empowered workplace. Download your free copy below.
The 10 Core Principles
Trust your people. Step out of approval mode. Instead, pre-approve and focus on supporting your people.
Make your people feel good. Make this the focus of your management team.
Give freedom within clear guidelines. People want to know what's expected of them. But they want freedom to find the best way to achieve their goals.
Be open and transparent. More information means people can take responsibility and ownership.
Recruit for attitude, train for skill. Instead of qualifications and experience, recruit on attitude and potential ability.
Celebrate mistakes. Create a no blame culture, to enable people to innovate without fear.
Community: Create mutual benefit. Have a positive impact on the world and build your organisation too.
Love work, get a life. The world, and your job, needs you well rested, well nourished and well supported.
Choose managers who are good at managing. Ensure your people are supported by somebody who is good at doing that. Find other routes of recognition for those who have other strengths. Even better, allow people to choose their managers.
Play to your strengths. Make sure your people spend most of their time doing what they are best at.
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Why create a happy workplace?
The benefits of happy workplaces are well documented. Every measure of performance improves when staff feel happy and engaged:
- More profitable – Workplaces with happy, engaged staff are 22% more profitable. For every 2% increase in how happy staff are, revenue grows by 1%.
- Higher share price - Investing in great workplaces over the last 25 years would give a 3.5% increase in return over standard workplaces.
- Less sickness - Happy staff miss only 3.9 days of work on average, compared to the 10.7 days missed by disengaged staff
- Lower staff turnover - Organisations with engaged staff have 26% lower staff turnover.
- Better outcomes - For every 96 deaths in a hospital with engaged staff, 103 people die in a hospital where staff are not engaged.
We've seen this with our clients who have focused on creating great workplaces, and you can achieve this too.