• http://twitter.com/thestrategyweb Martin Meyer-Gossner

    Good points. Maybe there is some more points that will make up the new happier employees. Well, at least we are working on it… http://www.lancalot.de/blog/the-lancalot-manifesto-2/

  • Robin Hardman

    Good points, all of them. I would add: provide open and honest communications; be open to ideas and suggestions regardless where they come from in the organization; tolerate zero discrimination.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jenny.h.nguyen.1 Jenny Hang Nguyen

    I totally agree with your points. I would add a point: Communication between employees and their bosses are too important to make people feel happier to get their work done.

  • Rebecca Buckingham

    So true. To make a better environment happen, managers need the tools, training and support to ensure they are providing these things to employees.

  • Kimberlee Stiens

    I like this list, and I like it even more because it doesn’t include the big red herring of the workplace: high salaries. Sure, people like money, and good employees should be paid good money. But so many studies on motivation demonstrate just what this article says: the keys to motivating people are autonomy, meaning, and the perceived ability to advance and achieve your ambitions. Money is consistently shown to be less motivating than those factors.

  • http://twitter.com/ed_gars Edgars P?lips

    Amazing, I was thinking about this one and a half years, but you did in 5 simple points. The only tools what managers need for making this happen are their brain and deep motivation.

    • Questions1st

      does it mean that many managers lack brains, motivation, or even both? if it’s that simple, how come very few managers do it?

  • http://twitter.com/GrowStrongODS Lora Schafer

    These are great points. I think the move toward the idea of work life integration is much more achievable than the work life balance. It is easier to integrate than to find balance between things. Also for #3 I know a handful of small business/companies that shrug at thinking about acknowledgement policies: it can feel forced, it can be difficult to identify a significant “award” and some companies think policy doesn’t equal organic. Just with anything from business development to finance planning, if it isn’t planned for it doesn’t occur regularly and it rarely happens or happens well.

  • Mark

    I like this as well however it seems some of these points are more oriented to the person beginning his/her career. Happiness is an inside job and one has to be careful in thinking it is somehow the employers responsibility to make someone happy. I do have a small point with number three, policies to make sure people receive regular acknowledgment, I can’t imagine a company having a policy on that, in most companies where it is present it happens organically and cannot in my opinion be legislated. I would just remind those who may read this your career is your responsibility and not your employers. Self direct your career.

  • Mark

    It took me so long to learn these points and yet it is so obvious. Help others, be nice and friendly towards all, avoid factions and water cooler discussion. Whatever you do keep a smile on your face and be positive regardless of what may be happening around you.

  • Kuldeep

    great points………nicely explained & clubbed.

  • sd

    I have been thinbking about it but couldnt have put it so well.

  • http://www.linkedin.com/in/allisoneverett/ Allison Everett

    Great blog! I couldn’t agree more with #2 on your list: “There is a strong correlation between happiness and meaning”. Further, you are certainly correct that employee recognition needs to be personalized, not “cookie cutter”. One of my coworkers actually recently blogged on this topic of customized and meaningful employee recognition and incentive programs. Please feel free to share your thoughts after reading : http://www.awardsnetwork.com/dont-tempted-cookie-cutter-employee-incentive-programs
    Thanks again for the insight you shared!

  • Questions1st

    Can you please share some of the research reports or studies used for this post? Also, how did you compile them to come up with the 5? Thanks