Several companies offer their employees something labeled as "team building activities", just look at almost any job advertisement or any company's social media feeds. These activities can vary from meals to happy hours to sports activities where the team spends time together outside of the workplace. After the event, the company posts pictures on their social media accounts to show others how much fun their employees have together, in hopes of attracting potential new talent.
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.
Company culture is the combination of the shared values and behavior of the people working for the company. Cultural fit is a crucial building block in employee happiness and the lack of cultural fit can be harmful to both, the employee and the company.
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.