Are you the business owner responsible for making your employees happy at work? Many employees would tell you yes, just ask them. Business owners are responsible for several things when it comes to their employees. First and foremost you are responsible for providing a healthy work environment for them. That sounds good and I am sure you want to provide this, but what exactly does that entail? Let’s take a look at three key ingredients that are needed in making a healthy workplace.
Safe environment: Providing an environment that is clean, safe from hazards, one with proper working equipment for employees to do their jobs without causing injury to themselves, (remember OSHA). It also means a work environment that is run without causing fear to the employees, where employees are not abused verbally, emotionally or physically. A workplace where employees feel it is safe for them in all aspects.
Ethical Management: Having management that understands and exhibits good leadership standards with ethics and integrity. Management personal must be trained to deal with personality issues, generational differences and have good communication skills. Business owners and their management staff need to have the knowledge of state laws and regulations in order to deal with personnel issues correctly as they arise, to protect their business from legal issues. One very important key ingredient for management is they really need enjoy what they are doing and have a genuine interest in creating a pleasant environment for everyone to work in.
Training: Not only does the management staff need to have proper training, but so do all staff members in order for them to perform their job duties to the satisfaction of the supervisor and business owner. They also must have the training to understand what their legal boundaries are so they do not cause legal issues for the business. By providing initial training and then continuing education to your staff members you are investing in their growth in the knowledge of what your business is about. Encourage them to pursue further education and provide opportunities for them to do so. People feel valued when their employer takes an interest in them and feel that they are worth investing in. The payoff for your business will far outweigh any monetary investment you will make.
Now that we know what it takes to provide a healthy work environment, what about the question of making the employees happy? Is it the business owners responsibility? You and your management staff set the overall tone of your work environment. Like that old saying “If mama ain’t happy, no one is happy”, the same goes with the office. If you and your management staff are not happy, pleasant, courteous, kind and caring, your staff will not be either. Even when you are happy and your staff is not, it is your responsibility to find out why and see if it is something that pertains to the business that you can fix.
But do you have to make them happy? The answer is No. Happiness is a personal choice and each person makes the choice to be happy or not each hour and minute of each day.
Although it is easier to be happy at work when the workday is going great and everyone seems to be getting along and having a good time, but that is not going to happen every day. So when it is not what then? I found it best said in the book “FISH” (by Stephen Lundin, Ph.D., Harry Paul and John Christensen) “we each have to accept that we choose the attitude we bring to work with us each day. We can choose to bring our best self to work and to love the work we do. We may not be able to do exactly what we love at the present time, but we can bring our best qualities to our work each day- it is our choice”.
We may not always be doing tasks that we love every moment of each day, but we can have happy thoughts that will get us through. Try to look for the positive in situations and what we can learn from them and not dwell on the negative. Even when things are not going well in our personal lives we can try to find something we can be thankful for that will make us feel better if we will just take a moment really think about it.
As a business owner you are responsible for providing a great place for your employees to work in, but making them happy is their responsibility.
Original Author : Tina_Del_Buono
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