The working population's mental health has recently been in the headlines in Finland. Big national media outlets such as Yle News and Helsingin Sanomat have reported on increased burnouts among the Finns and the most recent statistics by Kela (the Finnish Social Insurance Institution) show that mental health issues have become the most common reason for sick leaves.
Happiness at work is trendy right now. It is trendy to post images from an office with bean bag chairs and a pool table. It is trendy to share the pictures from a company holiday party or a lunch with the team. It is trendy to tell everyone on LinkedIn how much you care about your employees, their happiness, growth, and work-life balance.
Since we spend most of our waking hours at work, how we feel during that time really has an impact on our overall well-being. Our professional and personal lives are not separate from each other and we cannot switch our mood like a light switch. If we are miserable for 8+ hours every day, chances are we feel drained and down in our free time, as well.
As you may have noticed, The Happy Works blog has been quiet for over a month. Don't worry, we are still here - we've just been spending more time on the beach than inside the house with the laptop. I bet many of you took some well-deserved time off, too, and getting back to your routines after a vacation can feel hard! Check out my top 3 tips to get back to the grind after a holiday.
Anyone who has ever hired a new employee in their team knows how difficult finding the right person can be. Not only does the newcomer need to meet the technical requirements of the role but they also need to fit in your company culture and get along with the rest of the team. Indeed, finding the right candidate takes time and costs money to your organization.
I have never understood the term "work-life balance". Why is work something separate from the rest of the important things in our lives? Am I not living my life during those 40+ hours that I spend in a workplace every single week?
When we think about bullying, the first image that comes to mind to most of us is usually from the schoolyard, or lately even from the context of cyber bullying. However, bullying is a problem in workplaces, too, and it’s not that rare either. To give you an idea, in 2017 19% of employees in the U.S. were being bullied in their workplaces, and another 19% were affected as witnesses.
Employee happiness is something that every dedicated leader wants for their organization. However, when it comes to putting in the resources to revamp your internal processes or to build an employer branding strategy from scratch, it may be difficult to justify the investment. The results of your hard work to create a happier workplace don’t appear overnight and you might find yourself putting it off because you need to focus on “priorities”, such as this month’s customer satisfaction numbers and sales figures.