Most successful business owners, when asked to candidly share their opinion on what it is they think is the most vital aspect to a thriving organisation, wouldn’t wax lyrical on bottom lines and profits – to start, at least.
They’d be talking about people – and the cultural ecosystem of the business.
Of course, the money side is obviously very important, but it has to take a back step to employee satisfaction. For without a happy workforce, customer satisfaction, productivity and the means by which money comes into the business, could be wholly stifled.
So yes, employee happiness is vital because a business’s greatest asset is the contingent of people that collaborate to make products work, sales happen and customers happy.
But what are the focus points that need to be established as infrastructure, in order for a workplace to be a happy one? Salary, satisfaction in a role, clarity of role requirements, a well-stocked coffee cupboard – these are just some. Perhaps the focus point that can definitely be confirmed as the most fundamental to employee happiness, is a comfortable, safe and aesthetically pleasing workspace.
Yes, it could be as simple as that. A competently designed office that promotes collaboration, comfort and safety is the first step to a workplace culture that breeds happiness and productivity.