How To Find a Happy Workplace

March 20, 2022Have you shared a good laugh with your team lately, or encouraged employees to pursue what makes them happy? Studies show that humor keeps employees engaged, and happiness boosts performance. On #InternationalDayOfHappiness, discover ways to make the workplace happier with these insights, and dive deeper into topics including:

  1. Nurture Workplace Appreciation. …
  2. Host Engaging Team Building Events. …
  3. Show You Care with Caroo. …
  4. Create a happier workplace with shared laughter. …
  5. Greet Your Team. …
  6. Deliver Praise and Recognition Often. …
  7. Make Work Fulfilling. …
  8. Make Work/Life Balance a Priority.

Pursuing Happiness in the Workplace

Defining your values

Indeed’s work happiness study and consultation from leading happiness experts Dr. Sonja Lyubomirsky and Dr. Jan-Emmanuel De Neve, director of Oxford University’s Wellbeing Research Centre, have helped us identify the following key drivers of work happiness:

While the above are all dimensions that drive happiness at work, some may make more of an impact on your levels of happiness at work than others. So, take some time to reflect on the dimensions you value most. You can do this by paying careful attention to the times you feel happiest in your job or times you’ve felt the happiest in previous jobs.

You might start by asking yourself questions like:

Why work happiness matters

Many of us spend one-third of our lives at work. Moreover, 92% of people report their happiness at work affects their mood at home.¹ Research also shows that people are up to 20% more productive when they feel happier.²

Leading happiness researcher Dr. Sonja Lyubomirsky says, “Research has shown that happiness is a cause of success: happier people receive more positive reviews at work, are more productive and more creative, earn higher incomes and are less likely to burn out or be absent from work. Happier people are also more likely to get jobs and to keep jobs.”

Finding the right companies

Once you’ve defined the happiness dimensions that matter to you most, you can use that information to guide your research and find companies that align with those values. Remember, no company or job is perfect, but you can establish a set of non-negotiables to use during your job search.

1. Do your research

If you’ve found a job that interests you, you can begin research on the employers posting those jobs using your values list.

Scan their website and social channels.
Start by researching their internet presence, including their website, job openings page and social media accounts, looking out for indicators that their values align with yours. Next, try and locate their vision or mission statement, a list of company values and employee benefits.

Look for mentions in the news.
Search for general news coverage and specific industry publications for recent updates about the company and its competitors. Scanning customer forums and product reviews can also help you gauge a company’s reputation.

It’s also a good idea to scan headlines for significant changes in a company’s recent past. Note any significant events, such as widespread layoffs, corporate mergers or buyouts, a new CEO, etc. Such changes can bring opportunities but could also result in low morale and a volatile work environment.

Ask your network for opinions.
Seek opinions from trusted, reliable friends and associates. After you’ve done online research, discuss what you’ve learned with your network. Ask people you know for information on their own company’s culture and if there are opportunities. If you’re a recent college graduate building your network from scratch, ask university advisors for names of alumni working at your target companies. Consider reaching out to these people for a quick coffee.

2. Read reviews

Check out the company’s work happiness report to explore how they’ve ranked in each of the happiness dimensions, including both their strengths and areas of opportunity. For example, if youve identified appreciation as your top happiness driver, you should look for companies that score high in that area.

3. Ask questions during the hiring process

For example:

Prioritizing work happiness at your current job

If you already have a job that you can’t or don’t plan to leave, there are also ways you can improve work happiness in your current role. Start by identifying your values as outlined above, then slowly start incorporating practices in your job that help you improve on those values.

For example:

¹ Indeed Workplace Happiness Report, a commissioned study (n=4,033 US adults) conducted by Forrester Consulting on behalf of Indeed, 2021.
² Bellet, Clement and De Neve, Jan-Emmanuel and Ward, George, Does Employee Happiness have an Impact on Productivity?, October 2019.

Work Happiness Report, 2021:
This report shares the findings of commissioned research conducted online by Forrester Consulting on behalf of Indeed, fielded in March 2021. Forrester Consulting surveyed adults ages 18+ who reported working either full-time, part-time and individuals actively searching for a new role: 4,033 US adults were surveyed.

To ensure a representative sample, quotas were set by age, education, gender, geography, and income.

The research explored a variety of topics related to happiness at work, including happiness in different aspects of respondents’ overall lives, the contribution of workplace happiness to overall happiness, the importance of different dimensions of workplace happiness, and underlying factors that respondents believe would influence the different dimensions of workplace happiness.


How do I find a happy job?

6 Steps to Finding a career that makes you happy
  1. Step 1: find your Ikigai – aka ‘Your reason to get out of bed’ …
  2. Step 2: visualise the future you want. …
  3. Step 3: know what your values are. …
  4. Step 4: know what your strengths are. …
  5. Step 5: identify your blockers and smash them. …
  6. Step 6: set your goals and move forward.

How do you increase workplace happiness?

Autonomy – If employees feel that they have control over what they are doing they take responsibility for their own productivity and happiness. They feel respected and valued. Relationships – If relationships within the workplace are positive, the environment becomes supportive and friendly.

What are the top 3 factors that contribute to your happiness at work?

Here are 12 ways to keep your team happy without offering raises.
  1. Prioritize work-life balance. …
  2. Make employees part of the big picture. …
  3. Be transparent and honest. …
  4. Offer more vacation time. …
  5. Encourage communication in common areas. …
  6. Create a career pathway. …
  7. Promote a positive work environment. …
  8. Build employees up.

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