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Tools and Strategies for happiness at work

Written by Alana Team
on August 17, 2020

Talking about tools for happiness at work seems operational, but it has proven to be extremely efficient for team management.

The technology is excellent, not only because it brings together those in the home office, but also due to the culture of feedback created, which has a direct influence on the performance of the areas. After all, a team aware of its strengths and weaknesses can organize and work better.

Measuring an employee's level of happiness at work can be tricky. Still, the tools help in understanding the organizational climate and assessing several factors that impact happiness, such as:

  • personal motivation;
  • purpose of the tasks performed;
  • feeling of belonging to the group;
  • transparency about work.

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Source: Employee Happiness Survey 2018 | 15Five.com


Check out some tool suggestions that can add to your employee experience strategy (employee experience).

Employee engagement apps


Here at Alana AI, as a good part of the team already worked in the home office before the COVID-19 pandemic, we are used to using various tools, and they bring remote teams closer together.

We noticed that the more people join the team, the more these tools contribute to the company.

The goal is to offer a complete experience for all employees, from task organization to the biweekly feedback process.


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Some tools that can be used in engagement strategies to make employees happy are:

  1. Favro
  2. 15Five
  3. Standuply
  4. Felizz
  5. Pingboard

Favro

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A well-described task is synonymous with productivity at work for those who need to do it. Here at Alana AI, we use Favro to manage projects and to ensure that each collaborator has details of the deliveries they need to make.

In addition to being favorable for the progress of projects, it is an excellent way for managers to be clear about activities already carried out and the work demand of the team members.

Benefit for those who do the management and for those who perform the tasks.

 

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The primary function of this tool is to facilitate 360º feedback and make it part of the company's culture. 

It can be integrated with internal communication software, which allows people to thank others openly. It's a way for the whole team to see the dynamics of other remote teams and the efficient work of colleagues.

Standuply

For a team like ours, which has a large number of employees working 100% in home office, meetings must happen periodically and are effective. 

Standuply facilitates both viewing tasks and reducing the number of meetings needed for alignment. When connected to Slack, for example, it facilitates the interaction of the remote team with the manager.

It's a friendly robot. It reminds us daily to be organized, and it also helps us to understand how to organize and distribute the working hours.

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Felizz

This software offers a series of features for interacting with employees, among them, are:

  • Daily measurement of happiness at work;
  • Anonymous or identified assessments;
  • Feedback 360º;
  • Knowledge tests;
  • Notifications of new employees, birthdays, etc.

It uses gamification, which you may not know, but in Portuguese, it is called ludification. This technique makes the experience more fun, as each employee earns points as he conducts assessments and tests.

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Pingboard

This solution is a facilitator of internal communication, especially for remote teams, since it is a directory with all company employees.

The tool provides all the following information:

  • company structure and organization char;
  • who are the managers;
  • date of admission of each employee;
  • birthdays;
  • vacation days;
  • t-shirt size;
  • allergies;
  • and other information that can be customized individually.

For teams that work remotely, this is an excellent way to generate interaction, and for the human resources team, it is a valuable source of information.

In addition to these tools to assist in daily life and internal communication, the Alana AI team also has personal access to mindfulness apps para for mental health care, which is something that positively impacts on various aspects of employees' lives.

 

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How to measure happiness at work

A study on productivity and happiness at work, carried out at British Telecom (BT), found that happy employees are 13% more productive.

In Brazil, a survey conducted in 2015 showed that only 40% of Brazilians said they were happy at work.

These data prove the importance of frequently measuring employee happiness and having strategies focused on people's well-being. 

The counting is simple: the more happy people, the higher the team's productivity.

Another reason for adopting qualitative indicators is the strengthening of the employer branding since renowned organizations hold annual awards for the best companies to work for. See the two main rankings:

Great Place To Work

Very famous in Brazil, the GPTW seal is something that many organizations aim for and dedicate human resources professionals to win it.

Altogether, there are three categories in Brazil: national, regional, and sectorial. 

After the national classification, the companies that are better placed are also considered in the list of Latin America, which has the following divisions:

  • Multinationals;
  • Large National Companies;
  • National Small and Medium Enterprises.

Você S/A

Annually, Você S / A releases the list of companies that stand out for having a pleasant organizational climate and quality people management.

 The survey is carried out in partnership with the Fundação Instituto de Administração (FIA) and evaluates hundreds of companies, which register voluntarily and are classified according to the sector.

The final score of each company is called the Happiness at Work Index (IFT), and it is composed of two scores:

  1. Quality of Work Environment Index (IQAT), which has a 65% weight in the IFT;
  2. People Management Quality Index (IQGP), with 35% of the weight.

How to promote happiness at work?

Happiness at work begins with the alignment of expectations even before the person is officially hired, as they need to be clear about what to expect from their journey and what the company can deliver.

Many organizations try to mitigate problems and improve the employee experience by creating more fun and cozy environments

Google may be the pioneer in this regard, as it has reinvented the work environment, creating a trend among technology companies and startups, who have embraced the treats and benefits in the office.

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Some simple actions that leading companies take to promote happiness at work are:

  • There is no dress code;
  • Massage in the workplace;
  • Snacks and appetizers;
  • Flexible working hours;
  • Birthday day off;
  • Possibility of home office;
  • Personalized gifts;
  • Performance bonus;
  • Pet Day;
  • Courses and training.

There is no magic formula for employees to be happy, but there are several possibilities to create an environment that favors this. 

What counts is to check which tools of happiness at work and development and productivity strategies can be applied to the reality of your team. 

 Building a happy and healthy environment requires preparation and dedication, which is why we manage remote work with a high level of care, and the result is beneficial for retaining talent and progressing projects.

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