It’s a well known fact that an organization is only as good as its people.
Happy employees are the foundation of a good organization. Businesses that value their employees are more likely to outperform those that don’t. As per an industry study, highly engaged teams show 21% greater profitability. Satisfied employees can be a powerhouse of productivity, innovation, and energy. They find it easier to collaborate and engage with other employees and customers. As James Sinegal said, “When employees are happy, they are your very best ambassadors.”.
Satisfied employees are also open to new ideas or new methods to achieve their work objectives. Employees who are happy and engaged not only do their best but also motivate and encourage their colleagues to perform to their full potential.
At Quixy, we understand the importance of employee happiness. We continuously try to find and implement the best practices to keep them motivated and engaged. Here’s the list of the top 10 practices that have worked for us so far.
Recent studies have proven that a sense of purpose is a strong indicator of a happy person. Individuals that believe they are a part of something bigger are usually more dedicated and sincere in regards to their efforts. Allowing employees to become a part of an organization’s vision can completely transform their outlook towards work, and motivate them to go the extra mile for the success of the organization. These employees value customer relationships, and not only do they ensure that their work is of an acceptable standard, they manage to consistently outperform set standards.
“At Quixy, it’s important that each of us understand the company’s vision, mission, and values. We are here to digitize every business in the world. But while we do that, we want to focus on addressing our customers’ challenges over promoting our product and its features. For us, it’s not just about acquiring customers, but to see that they benefit from the platform and become successful.”Vivek, Vice President – Marketing and Evangelism
The smooth functioning of any organization is impossible without employees who harmoniously collaborate with each other. If organizations ignore the contribution of their employees, they are setting themselves up for failure. Letting employees know their value in the company can inculcate a feeling of pride and responsibility in them. As a result of this, the employees will have more respect for themselves, their work, and their obligations towards the organization.
“My manager always helps me understand how my work contributes to the company meeting its objectives. I design landing pages and I know that based on what I do, the company can gain or lose potential customers. Understanding the importance of my role makes me feel important and responsible”.Ricky, Marketing Specialist
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, Co-Founder of Positive Psychology, said, “The best moments in our lives are not the passive, receptive, relaxing times . . . The best moments usually occur if a person’s body or mind is stretched to its limits in a voluntary effort to accomplish something difficult and worthwhile”.
The best way to break the monotony for employees is to give them challenging work. Stagnation in work-life results in stagnation in personal growth, therefore it is extremely important for employees to be given challenging work. Naturally, the intensity of these challenges should make them suitable as motivators — not stressors.
“I’m so happy I get to work with the latest technology. I’m currently working on AI and NLP to see how we can build new tools in the platform to further accelerate application development for our business users, Working on things that I have not done in the past is challenging but makes me feel happy and satisfied once I accomplish the task. I get to learn new stuff every day.”Giriteja, Software Engineer
It is important to express to employees that the company cares about their general well-being. Organizations can support their employees by providing attractive benefits beyond the basics, such as comprehensive health insurance packages, sufficient paid leaves, and flexibility in office timings. Perks like casual dressing, option to work from home can also improve employee satisfaction.
“Benefits like work from home, flexible timings, and a generous leave policy allow me to maintain a work-life balance and keep me rejuvenated to give my best at work and at home.”Ahad, Inside Sales Executive
No one likes to work in a place with minimal space, no facilities, lack of empathy and socialization, and dark interiors. A relaxed workplace with understanding managers, approachable colleagues, adequate facilities, and abundant space seems a lot more appealing. Organizations can go beyond this by facilitating quality social interactions amongst employees and ensuring that if they have any complaints about the workplace, they should be addressed immediately.
“Working at Quixy is so much fun. We collaborate over Microsoft teams and have dedicated channels to chit-chat where we hang out and talk during tea and lunch breaks. We also have weekly socials where we play games, sing songs, and discuss a wide variety of non-work-related topics.”Tharun, Customer Success Lead
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Everyone likes a little pat on the back for the work they have done. Small gestures of appreciation can go a long way with employees — the knowledge that their bosses and colleagues are impressed with their achievements can significantly boost the confidence of employees.
“Every meeting at Quixy starts with celebrating recent achievements and recognizing those who have contributed towards those achievements. The validation for the work I do keeps me motivated to give my best and improve every day.”Tejaswi, Platform Consultant
Repetitive and monotonous tasks can significantly reduce the morale of employees. By providing them with productivity tools like Quixy and Teams, their work can be streamlined and automated, removing the need for unnecessary paperwork. Employees will be delighted if unnecessary hurdles are removed and
“Using Quixy for product development processes keeps us efficient at work so that we can focus on delivering value instead of getting caught up with unnecessary documentation and emails.”Santosh, Technical Architect
Many organizations make the mistake of not encouraging suggestions or feedback from their employees. As a result of this employees can feel neglected and de-motivated, potentially robbing the organization of the competitive-edge innovative employees might provide. Businesses should make it a point to listen to all kinds of ideas, however irrelevant they might seem at first glance. As per an industry study, employees who feel their voice is heard are 4.6 times more likely to feel empowered to perform their best work. This encourages employees to keep innovating while also removing the fear of embarrassing themselves while approaching their superiors.
“There is an open-door policy at work. Our managers are always approachable for discussions on new ideas or queries. We have an excellent feedback mechanism in place.”Bharath, Sr. Platform Consultant
Employees are bound to perform well when they have set goals for themselves in the organization. When businesses intimate employees about their future prospects, employees are driven to excel in their work.
As part of the onboarding process, we ensure that we provide clarity to new associates about possible career paths in Quixy. Based on their skills and our requirements, employees are even free to switch streams if they wish to.”Joshna, Lead HR
One individual can make all the difference in a company — allowing employees to get out of their comfort zones and learn new skills can significantly uplift their spirits.
You can never know how well a certain employee can perform a certain task if he/she is never exposed to it. By promoting new learning opportunities businesses might be surprised by the results they get.
“I developed an app out of my interest using Quixy in my research time, and I was super thrilled when it got approved to be included in Quixy’s app store, I was so so happy.”Mrudula, Platform Consultant
Reports suggest low employee engagement costs companies $450-500 billion each year. When it comes down to it, making your employees happy and engaged at work is a combination of several factors. Job satisfaction, company culture, physical space, or even your office building’s location all have an impact.
This blog post discusses some of the practices that keep the Quixy team happy. Every company is unique, as are its employees. How does your team stack up?