There are many facets to every person’s life. Family, friends, finances, health, and leisure all take a slice of the pie. To be able to work efficiently, there must be a sense of balance between these aspects of an individual. If one or more of these is compromised, an employee will be incapable of functioning as a reliable member of the team and a useful unit of the company.
So what makes a happy employee? Metaphorically speaking, it’s about having the whole pie and not just slices of it. A person must be able to balance every part of his life so he will be more satisfied with his work. Below are the 5 secrets to becoming a happy employee.
1. Find a job with flexible hours.
One of the keys to employee satisfaction is flexibility of hours, not a rigid work 9 to 5 work schedule. And when you do find that perfect employer, listen to your body before deciding on the work hours. Do you work better in the morning, afternoon, or in the evening? Different people have different biorhythms or body clocks. Some are able to get up early in the morning and work their way to the afternoon. Others find it more relaxing to start their day in the afternoon. And then of course there are people who prefer to work at night.
Employers usually set “peak hours” under these circumstances so employees still get to collaborate amidst their varying schedules.
2. Work for a company that lets you choose your teams.
It’s not easy to work with a team you’re not comfortable with. A team whose members lack chemistry, communication, and empathy won’t be a productive one. A company should at least allow its employees to choose their teams because in the end, it will be for their benefit.
3. Go with employers that are open to ideas.
It’s no fun to work with an employer who only sees things his way. And a company that is restrictive is usually bound for failure. If you want a bright future in your career, choose employers that have a reputation for being open to creative ideas. Companies like these promote healthy environments where employees can openly talk about solutions and new projects to embark on. Innovation is key to the success of any business, which is why you should work for someone who is bold enough to embrace it.
4. Consider economic incentive.
Money matters. It pays the bills and lets you enjoy a couple more things. If you want to be happy with your job, you should be at least paid what you deserve. The right employer will offer you financial incentives based on your experience, skills, and potential for growth.
5. Find a balance between your work and personal life.
This is probably the toughest challenge any employee will have to face in order to be happy with his work. But it’s also the most important. Despite the long hours you work in the office, you have to spend quality time with your family and friends, invest in hobbies and leisurely activities, and reduce stressors that may interfere with your productivity at work.