Why Are All These Employees So Happy?

By | 2013-08-01T12:43:28+00:00 August 1st, 2013|Categories: Respectful Workplace|Tags: |Comments Off on Why Are All These Employees So Happy?

I recently returned from a trip abroad to Spain. Part of the trip included a five-night stay in Mallorca, an island off the Mediterranean coast. The resort I stayed at was nestled into the mountains, overlooking the sea. While the vistas were breathtaking, I was (almost) as struck by the people who worked there.

They all seemed so happy.

Not just smiling, but really happy. Chatty, interested, full of insider island tips, and seemingly concerned about our experience.

Why were they all so darn happy?

I’m guessing it was more than just the Spanish sun. There must have been something their employer did to keep morale and engagement so obviously high. As an HR practitioner, I’d love to know what.

Perhaps a combination of good pay and benefits, training and opportunities for advancement, and an environment where the employees felt they mattered.

In other words, a respectful work environment. Whatever the employee engagement cocktail was, I can say it elevated my experience tremendously.

And isn’t that what employers want for their customers?

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About the Author:

Sindy Warren
Sindy Warren is the principal of Warren & Associates LLC and an Associate Partner of Legacy Business Cultures. She is an HR and employment law consultant and uses her legal expertise to help clients create and maintain positive and legally compliant employment practices. Sindy creates and delivers training programs on harassment and discrimination and conducts independent workplace investigations. Sindy received her J.D. with honors from Stanford University. She received her B.S. in Psychology from Tufts University (Phi Beta Kappa, magna cum laude).