October 28, 2021 by Andrea Rajic

5 Ways to Know If Your Employees Are Happy At Work

5 Ways to Know If Your Employees Are Happy At Work

Table of contents


    Taking the pulse of your team


    Looking for signs of burnout


    Measuring their productivity in the workplace


    Analyzing employee engagement


    Monitoring your employee retention rate


    Introducing wellbeing programs

Employee Experience

The question of all questions for HR departments everywhere: how do I know if our employees are happy at work? The honest answer is, as always, to use several different ways to determine the happiness level of your workforce.

Most HR professionals know that when it comes to people matters, there is no one-size-fits-all approach. Instead, there's a lot of fine-tuning, adapting best practices to fit your company and its structure, and trying our innovative techniques.

So, in this article, we're bringing you five ways to get a better overview of just how happy your employees are at work:

Taking the pulse of your team

The first step towards knowing if your employees are happy is, well, to ask them out front. If you don't have a regular and consistent process of gathering feedback from employees, now is a great time to start.

You can use many methods to cover all the essential topics: work environment, personal productivity and performance, work-related ideas and suggestions, and overall satisfaction at work. Here are some formats you may want to introduce:

  • One-on-one check-ins for employees and their managers
  • Pulse surveys about the general work environment
  • All hands meetings for suggestions and new ideas

The critical things about getting employee feedback are transparency and willingness to act upon the results. Employees must feel empowered and encouraged to speak about their feelings, give constructive feedback, and suggest improvements. And when their feedback arrives at its destination, the management should respond and implement changes that will improve employee happiness.

Looking for signs of burnout

When conducting surveys and check-ins, make sure to look for the signs of burnout among your employees, especially remote ones. The past two years haven't been easy on workers globally, and estimates are that around half of them suffered from burnout during 2020.

Burnout is one of the driving forces behind people quitting their jobs, so do your best to identify signs of burnout, its causes and work on preventing it from affecting your people.

Measuring their productivity in the workplace

In hybrid companies, managers are juggling the productivity, satisfaction and performance of distributed workforces. Keeping tabs on the experiences and feelings of employees across 20 different states or even countries can be daunting and complex.

Introducing a measuring and monitoring system that helps managers see how employees feel when they come into their workspaces can inform decision-making and help companies gain visibility. At Gable, we've developed a dashboard just like this that allows people operations managers to see and analyze the productivity and satisfaction of employees in all locations.

Analyzing employee engagement

Another way to observe the overall happiness of your employees is to watch their engagement closely. Some studies show that only 36% of American employees are engaged at work, and engagement is closely related to happiness at work. Additionally, engaged employees are more productive, work better, and positively impact the company's overall business results.

If you want to know whether your employees are engaged, tie this topic into your feedback collection efforts. Introduce NPS surveys, HR chatbots, organize non-business meetings to discuss company culture and values, and conduct onboarding and offboarding interviews to learn about employee perspectives.

Monitoring your employee retention rate

With The Gret Resignation well underway and millions of employees in the US quitting their jobs in search of something better, it's no wonder most HR and People departments make employee retention a priority.

Employee retention is a reliable indicator of happiness inside a company. If the work environment is inadequate, there is no work-life balance, benefits are scarce, and flexible work is not an option, most employees will look for a better employer.

Analyze the ratio of newly hired vs. employees leaving, determine the average time an employee stays at your company - and adjust your strategy accordingly. With this data, you'll know which steps to take to improve retention and happiness, whether that's offering flexible work or creating more trajectories for career growth.

Introducing wellbeing programs

Creating employee wellbeing programs can sound like an easy fix to a complex solution, but it doesn't have to be. After you get initial assumptions on issues within your company, you can start addressing some of them through wellbeing programs.

With time, you'll be able to analyze which benefits garner the most interest from employees, track the ROI of wellness programs, and compare the before and after data to see if the programs made a difference.

Foster connections in your remote team

Cater to employees’ needs and give them flexibility without burdening your workload. Provide workspaces, set budgets and policies, and track usage and trends to stay in the loop.

Written By

Andrea Rajic


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