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12 steps you can take to create a happier workforce

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by Todd Patkin

happy workforceEven people who are successful in business can suffer from worry and depression. I speak from experience. By the time I was 36, I had been working in my family’s wholesale business for years, and it was thriving. Still, I was so worried about the future that I couldn’t see my own good fortune. I had a breakdown.

It’s the best thing that ever happened to me. It forced me to look at why I was unhappy. It led me to suggest that my family sell the business, so I could spend time with people who are important to me, doing work that I like.

As an HR professional, you’re in a unique position to guide your organization to a culture that causes less worry and stress for employees—and better health and productivity. Here are 12 ways to get started:

1. Encourage employees to exercise. It’s a natural antidepressant. Tip: If your organization can afford gym memberships for employees, that’s great. But even a brisk, 15-minu...(register to read more)

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Michelle Pokorny February 28, 2013 at 10:52 am

Just a few observations. Studies in human science show that the right level of “good’ stress is motivating and rewarding, and drives the best performance from people. So, a company environment doesn’t have to be all fun and games for employees to be engaged in their work and ‘happy’ to work there. We do know from the research of Barb Frederickson and others that positive experiences can lead to greater health, creativity, resilience, problem solving… So, a work environment that fosters positive experiences is a good goal. These experiences could include coming through times of challenge together, could be receiving authentic recognition and appreciation for contributions to company goals. And experiencing trust (delegation or being given autonomy in your work, having transparent communications with your boss, etc) is certainly a positive experience. Thanks for these tips!


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