10 Tips to Bring Joy to Your Business
As the year draws to an end, it is a time of reflection and planning. No matter our position, each of us influences others either positively or negatively. I encourage you to find and seek ways to be joyful in all you do and spread that joy through encouragement to others.
One of my personal goals is to find the sliver lining in everything, focus on the positive and build one another up. I am joyful for all of our clients, past, present and future. I am joyful and look forward to next years’ opportunities to continue helping others reach their individual and organizational goals. I hope one of your company’s goals is to have happy employees, as recent studies show that happy employees are 12 percent more productive!
To build a JOYFUL organization, follow these 10 rules:
Communicate. Some say money is king; experience has shown me that communication is king – sharing our thought processes, the how, the why and the purpose of the goal, the change, etc. Employees crave being included, as we all do. Inclusion can be achieved through communication.
Praise. Be specific in telling others what they do well. Praise with small tokens of appreciation. Verbal praise, both privately and publicly, goes further than we realize.
Expectations: Must be known to be achieved. Yes, more communication!
Respect Ideas: Give value to each idea and consider it thoughtfully prior to making immediate judgment.
Focus on strengths. When we focus on one’s strengths, productivity can be increased dramatically; cover the gaps with others.
Have fun! Find positive and encouraging ways to have fun with the team and build a sense of trust and cohesiveness.
View mistakes as learning opportunities! Mistakes happen – teach others from those mistakes and make it a learning opportunity instead of a ‘stick.’
Be honest! The best truth I know is to be honest in all things. Even if the news is not so positive, people appreciate honesty. I have seen many employee evaluations that say, just tell me so I can fix it.
Honor relationships. Both inside and outside the organization. Moons ago, I believed people should leave their home life at the door and when at work only focus on work. With that philosophy, that cancels out half of their life, and to some, the most important part of their life. If you want others to give 110%, we can’t overlook the rest of their life.
Reward fairly. Both through compensation, benefits, incentive programs, and dare I say, simply Love Them!!