The benefits of creating and maintaining a happy workplace are immeasurable. Happiness has a multiplying effect. Happiness encourages risk taking. Happiness inspires creativity. Happy people are not afraid to make mistakes and they also make less mistakes. Happy people learn faster. Happy people are comfortable making decisions.
A happy work environment attracts good people and in turn, promotes a culture of productivity and accountability. So, it is important when hiring to look at people that bring laughter to the workplace. Recruiting happy people is not always easy, but it can help to study the body language and responses when interviewing. The good news is you do not have to be an expert in body language to read a genuine smile from a fake social one.
Emotionally intelligent people are usually happy people too. They are perceptive, sensitive to others and fun to work with. Happiness among people fuels performance and achievement, resulting in a competitive edge many companies crave. When employing it is natural to seek people with relevant experience and relatable achievements, but ignoring personality traits can be a mistake. When interviewing, look at the soft skills that may not initially be that obvious. How you feel around this person? Do they highlight positive or negative emotions? Can you feel their energy? Do they seem like they care about relationships and people?
Hiring happy people is not easy, but when I interview, I always keep an eye out for Happy People. What would your team be like if you did the same?