International Day of Happiness
Today is International Day of Happiness. As Employee Experience Manager for Helm Tickets, my job is to make sure we have a happy workplace.
The theme for this year is ‘Happier Together’, focusing on what we have in common, rather than what divides us. With this in mind, I asked the team what makes them happy about working at Helm:
- The people. This is always the reason I hear most often about why people enjoy their work. You can get paid a lot, meet all your goals, do meaningful work, have a great benefits package, a great office in a great location, but if you don’t like the people you work with, chances are your work life will suffer. It’s also generally accepted that the better you get on with your colleagues, the more successful and productive you’ll be, and the more likely you are to stay in the job.
- Dogs! We allow dogs in the office which has a few benefits: it means colleagues with dogs can focus on their work and not worry about what the dog’s up to at home, or getting back to let them out. It’s also proven to reduce stress levels, encourage exercise, promote cohesion and trust among teams. As a balance, we keep meeting rooms, toilets and kitchens dog-free to maintain hygiene and make sure we have dog-free rooms for any visitors with dog allergies or fears.
3. Music. This one can be controversial, but we find that having music in the office relaxes us, reduces stress, encourages us to bond over shared favourite tunes, and get to know each other better through discussing our musical tastes. We do have some rules to avoid conflict, such as making sure everyone gets a chance to play what they like, and making sure we listen to a variety of genres. We also allow people to wear headphones and listen to their own music if the office playlist isn’t to their tastes or they want to concentrate.
4. Drinks and snacks! This one’s quite obvious, but offering drinks and snacks to the team means they don’t need to worry about their hunger or need for coffee ruining their 3pm productivity.
5. Feeling appreciated and valued for who you are. Everyone likes to be told when they’re doing a good job, but part of being happy at work is feeling appreciated and valued as a person as well as an employee, and knowing you’ll be listened to if you bring up an issue. Workplaces can fall into a trap of overly encouraging everyone to be happy and cheerful about work and discouraging dissent in order to “improve morale”, but focus on people’s strengths, not their weaknesses, and listen to their issues rather than dismissing them and you’ll get a much more productive, loyal and happy team.
We hope you have a very happy Day of Happiness. Start selling with Helm Tickets and experience a ticketing platform that will make you happy!
Jess Cope | Employee Experience Manager
Jess has a varied background – she studied Modern Languages, then moved into web content editing and now works to make sure Helm is a great place to work.
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