A talent revolution has arrived, and happy workplaces will set you apart. In the midst of it all, attracting and retaining people will necessitate a compelling employee value equation, which takes into account salary, benefits, culture, flexibility, and hybrid work approaches, as well as workplaces. Village Workspaces heavily goes after this model of happiness in our spaces.
Creating happy working conditions will have a big impact on employees’ decisions to join, commit, and engage.
People are paying more attention to their work experiences, which means businesses must be deliberate in establishing environments where employees can thrive. There is a beneficial influence on attraction and retention when people are happy. Furthermore, research shows that people who report higher levels of happiness are physically healthier (read: spend less on health care/insurance), perform better, and set and attain larger goals. People that are happier are statistically more likeable, which helps to foster
a positive culture. It’s excellent for business to be happy.
And job experiences have a big impact on happiness—workplaces, work content, leadership, and autonomy are just a few of the most important components of work.
These are the factors that will be the finest investments in creating an environment for pleasure, engagement, effectiveness, and worker happiness in their spaces:
Over the last 16 months, mental health has deteriorated, and these declines are linked to feelings of social isolation, which can lead to sadness, anxiety, difficulties thinking, and exhaustion. Workplace experiences that foster a sense of belonging, community, and connection are crucial responses. Whether extroverts or introverts, everyone requires social interaction, and employment is one of the key places where these requirements are addressed. Through our connections with others, we build social capital, learn through social interactions, and feel connected to a larger purpose.
Places that encourage connections—whether planned or unplanned—and provide opportunities for people to rekindle links and experience a sense of belonging that promote pleasure by reminding us that we are all in this together. They strengthen our sense of belonging and social identity, both of which are crucial to our happiness. Being accepted as a member of a group and being a part of something bigger than ourselves contribute to pleasure. Work cafés, coffee shops, conference rooms, and casual meeting areas all suit the bill when it comes to adding to people’s happiness.
Leadership, it turns out, is equally important for mental wellness. People reported higher levels of happiness when leaders were more empathetic, according to one study. This is due to the fact that people felt cared for, nurtured, and attended to. This does not imply that leaders must be professional psychologists, but being proactive in checking in and demonstrating caring can go a long way toward making people feel valued.
Here, too, location is crucial. It contributes to a great work experience when the workplace allows for proximity and access to leaders. People can ask questions, offer ideas, and feel heard when they can approach leaders. Leaders, in turn, have opportunities to connect with employees, recognize their accomplishments, exchange information, and ensure that everyone understands the organization’s larger goals and purpose. Create opportunities for leaders and employees to interact—inviting circulation spaces that connect leader areas to the rest of the business, community working
spaces such as atriums, or shared outdoor workplaces. Consider leadership spaces with a lot of openness (think: enclaves with semi-transparent glass) so that people can see the leaders even while they’re having a private chat.
Nature has been connected to happiness and many forms of well-being in numerous studies. People report greater overall health when they have access to more light, views, and green places. Cities, neighborhoods, and workplaces are all examples of this.
Put your newfound knowledge to good use by designing environments with biophilic components. Consider locations with plenty of natural light and scenic vistas. In your location, provide both prospect and refuge—places where people may feel safe and have a long perspective of what’s ahead of them (think: booths in a café or comfortable corners overlooking larger work areas). These will help to create a location where people desire to be and feel fulfilled.
Productivity and Self-Respect
A basic human want is to feel happiness in our spaces and as if we are contributing to our larger communities. Working from home may have weakened that sense of worth since we are reminded less frequently about how we interact with others’ work when we are physically apart.
We may not think about how we’re part of a larger chain that creates value for customers. Furthermore, the work-from-home experience may not have been suitable for all types of work. People who have tiny children had a hard time concentrating.
Those who wanted to brainstorm fresh ideas with a group or collaborate on a difficult topic were likely to struggle with virtual work.
Workplaces that encourage a variety of tasks contribute to satisfaction by allowing us to perform better. We might feel a sense of pride and positivism toward our work and life when our performance is praised. Create environments that allow individuals to perform their best work—places where they can focus and concentrate, cooperate or co-create, and learn from others. All of these tasks are done by a normal employee during the day.
They may perform them in different amounts depending on their job, but they always need assistance with a variety of tasks.
The desire to learn, grow, and stretch is another aspect of pleasure. When individuals are pleased, they are more likely to seek out new information. And there’s a reciprocal connection between enjoyment and learning. When individuals have help in facing difficulties, they are more likely to express happiness. For sure, learning is beneficial to a company. Building skills benefits the whole company, and it’s also a criteria for attracting and retaining employees. Because many people’s jobs have stagnated as a result of the epidemic, fresh learning and professional development possibilities will be appealing.
Places that significantly promote learning add to satisfaction and happiness in our spaces for these reasons. People will want to be in locations that accelerate various kinds of learning, whether through formal classroom settings and rigorous curricula or through informal spaces where people interact with mentors or learn from leaders or coworkers.
According to brain science, in order to be our best, we require variety and stimulation. Despair, boredom, and a sense of being stuck are all symptoms of burnout. The inverse is also true: we are more likely to feel inspired, fulfilled, challenged, and happy when we are more stimulated. Working from home has its advantages (soft slippers, no commute, time with our dogs, to name a few), but it has also shrunk our horizons. We don’t have the benefit of numerous individuals or alternative spaces to draw stimulation or
inspiration, and we don’t have the natural flow through an office or school that breathes variety into our day.
Provide a lot of variety in the locations you make for people—areas to be alone, to be together, and to conduct various types of tasks that will surprise or interest them (think: courtyard, artwork or skylights which welcome the morning light). Create spaces that draw people from all over campus to gather, engage with old and new colleagues, and expand their networks. Variety makes for a more intriguing experience, one that draws us in and keeps us coming back for more.
In conclusion, happiness has a significant impact on a person’s ability to achieve larger goals and contribute to company outcomes, as well as their physical health and devotion to a firm. Great settings, on the other hand, create the circumstances for more enjoyment and fulfillment.
Your work environments may or may not have been optimal prior to the epidemic, but they are now vital in the talent revolution. People will vote with their feet on the work environment you create—your methods, culture, and locations will all be scrutinized so workers can feel happiness in their spaces.