Positive workplace relationships is one.
With the longest working hours in the world, few holidays compared to most countries and rising cost of living, it can be a challenge for employers in Hong Kong to make sure that their employees are happy. A new report It’s time we all work happy: The secrets of the happiest companies and employees, commissioned by specialised recruitment company Robert Half, reveals the drivers behind employee happiness and how businesses can nurture a positive work culture.
According to the research, having pride in the organisation, being treated with respect and feeling appreciated are the three global key drivers of workplace happiness.
Adam Johnston, Managing Director at Robert Half Hong Kong said: “It is clear from the research that the key ingredients essential to workplace happiness directly apply to the Hong Kong workplace. Hong Kong professionals have among the longest working weeks around the world, and companies can only benefit from having a happier workplace whilst also increasing productivity.”
The report reveals six key factors that contribute to workplace happiness – including:
“Employee happiness is pivotal to an organisation’s success as happy employees are not only more engaged and motivated, they are also more productive and innovative which in turn leads to business success. With Hong Kong companies having a global reputation for ambition and success, employee happiness is – and should be - a top business priority for companies seeking a competitive edge.”
“Hong Kong businesses should take a proactive approach towards ensuring workplace happiness by not only promoting staff empowerment and a positive company culture, but also by creating a culture of staff appreciation and fairness and respect for the entire workforce.”
“Workplace happiness starts with finding candidates who are the right fit for the role and the company. The foundations for building a happy workforce lie in sourcing the right professionals, who have a genuine interest in the job, the proper skills and temperament. This allows employees to build satisfying and fulfilling careers in the long-term while adding significant value to their organisation’s success,” concluded Adam Johnston.
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