Tell me…are you happy to go to work everyday? Yeah, no, not really? Then your employer still hasn’t adopted a long-term development approach… bad for him as he still didn’t get that happy employees actually tend to make more money for their company! Seems crazy?
Maybe some statistics would help? Some serious studies (Harvard, MIT…) have demonstrated that a happy employee is two times less sick, six times less absent and nine times more loyal than an “unhappy” one! Super crazy…but true.
Therefore companies have a strong interest in doing their best to make their employees joyful and happy. But how? A lot of trends came out these last years in the “happiness building” domain.
One of the most innovative ones and, for sure, the “cutest” one, is the emergence of a brand new role, “The Chief Happiness Officer” (CHO), whose goal is to create all the necessary conditions in which employees will find welfare. Better yet, happiness. Kind of cool job, right?
A bit of history now…originally, the concept was created by Chade-Meng Tan, an American engineer from Google who decided to change his job by focusing on the development of people’s well-being. He therefore invented the function of “Jolly Good Fellow” and became the first Mr. Happiness (now a billionaire and teacher of meditation).
But how actually can you make a person happier? The job of CHO is super complete as he has to intervene in all aspects of the daily work: schedules, mobility, workplace lay-out, cantine (super important!) team-building activities, coaching, performance evaluation and objectives set-up etc, etc…
In a nutshell, CHO sets-up a “new way of working” that allows employees to forget all their worries and give their best for the sake of company’s performance. I’ll list just some of the most unusual and funniest trends:
The end of the assigned workspaces and seating in the office:
A lot of companies say stop to the assigned workspaces and seating in today’s office environments, and encourage their employees to organize as they please. This allows workers with better relationships to gather near each other and has been proven to boost both retention and productivity! Some companies do even some radical changes, by transforming their offices in some kind of playgrounds 😉
Lego office in Denmark
And what do you think about this amazing place? 😉
Telecommuting is rising:
The way to work and back takes time and often nerves…Employers got it right and allow or even encourage their employees to plug in, sign on, and connect to the workplace from home. The biggest advantage is the decrease of time, cost and stress linked to the commuting activities each day. Moreover, some studies showed that employees work better, more efficiently and often even longer than in the office!
Flexible schedule makes (really) a difference:
One of new trends in working environment is the “work when you want to work” approach, termed “flex time” by most employers. Instead of adhering to the strict, nine-to-five schedule, today’s most forward-thinking businesses are giving their employees more options for showing up at the office. It’s now possible for many workers to come in at 10 a.m. and leave at 6 p.m., or to come in at 6 a.m. and leave at 4 p.m. By allowing employees to pick the schedule that best suits their needs and their sleep habits, workplaces boost productivity in a really dynamic way.
It’s all about having options!
In workplaces of the 20th century and earlier, options in the workplace were pretty limited. The office was more associated with strict rules and directives issued from the top. Kind of “Generation X” approach… Today’s younger generation, seeking the work-life balance, has pushed employers to review the rules, adopting the employee-centric flexibility which, at the end, yields also benefits for most employers.
On this balanced note, I am leaving you, on my way to new discoveries 😉
Peace and love guys 🙂