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Improve the happiness of your team in 2021 and watch their performance improve.

In 2012, the United Nations created a resolution to celebrate the annual International Happiness Day every 20th of March. Recognising that happiness as a “fundamental human goal” and called for “a more inclusive, equitable and balanced approach to economic growth that promotes the happiness and well-being of all people”.

[https://www.un.org/en/observances/happiness-day]




As we continue through changing times during 2021, let us discover ways to create a happy workforce and increase productivity by up to 10%. Here are three tips on creating and promoting a positive working environment moving through the ever-changing landscape of covid/post covid.


1. Value your employees


Making your employees feel valued does not cost money but has a tremendous impact on your business. Every time you recognise their efforts, they will feel good. And every time they feel good, the brain will reward them with the "feel-good hormone" of dopamine. Studies have shown that this is a pleasurable sensation and will keep them coming back for more. [https://atlasbiomed.com/blog/serotonin-and-other-happy-molecules-made-by-gut-bacteria/]


As stated in Christian Science Monitor, Michal Ann Strahilev, a marketing professor at Golden Gate University, “[T]here is one huge factor that does not cost an employer money: praise. So many supervisors go out of their way to let employees know what they have done wrong, but don’t bother to congratulate and praise them for success. Praise does not cost anything to give, but its benefits on employee morale are priceless.” [https://www.csmonitor.com/Business/2008/0128/p13s03-wmgn.html]


When should I start?

NOW! It takes 21 days to build a habit!


I want you to write down the

- things you are doing

- something you are not doing,

- something you can do,

- and ideas on how you can build consistency.


It will feel awkward at first, and they may even give you a confused look. However, if you are genuine in your approach, your team will learn to accept it with no expectation.


2. Externalise what they are internalising


The global pandemic has an intense impact on everyone:

  • Some businesses were restructured.

  • Some operations stopped.

  • Some workplace changed

  • Continued uncertainty to what’s next


We are all in a state of flux. In the US alone, the text messages to the federal government’s disaster distress hotline increased by a whopping 1,000%. "This is just one signal pointing to the toll isolation is taking on people, even as it protects them from the virus." [https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/powerpost/paloma/the-health-202/2020/05/04/the-health-202-texts-to-federal-government-mental-health-hotline-up-roughly-1-000-percent/5eaae16c602ff15fb0021568/]


What we think creates how we feel. How we feel makes how we act!

How many times do you notice the feeling or the actions first! When you see that someone is looking down or out of sorts, ‘externalise what they are internalising!’. Bring awareness to them so they can feel back in control and chose what to do.


“Hey Jane,