With the economy still far from perfect, it is extremely important for businesses and companies of all sizes to have employees who are happy and productive. Start-ups especially need to get the most out of their employees to give them a better chance of achieving long-term growth and success. Research has shown that happy employees are up to 12% more productive than employees who are not happy – so what can start-ups do to increase both staff happiness and productivity? Read on to find out.


Staff who feel appreciated are more likely to feel good about the work they are doing. A study showed that 88% of employees felt very motivated whenever they received praise from managers. People today like being told they are doing a good job – all it takes for an employee to feel happy with their work, and therefore more motivated, is just a few positive comments here and there.

Natural Light

A UK survey found that the most desirable workplace trait is natural light, with 63% of those surveyed highlighting the need for more natural light in their workplace. An employee’s surroundings can not only affect their mood, but how they perform in their job. If the work environment is dull, dark and cramped, this can lead to things like low mood, low productivity and frustration. Having a workspace that is light, airy and spacious creates a more relaxed and uplifting working environment, which can in turn have a positive effect on employees’ mood and productivity.

Flexible working hours

These days, more people would prefer flexible working hours, instead of being tied to a 9-5 routine. It is still important for work to be done, of course, but it does not have to be done during set hours. A lot of office work, for example, can be done at home or even during the commute if necessary. Having more flexible working hours gives employees more of a work-life balance and can make them feel more positive about work because it is not as much of a burden when it can be moved around.

A working community

When employees feel like they are part of a friendly and trusting working community, they are more likely to feel happy and motivated. In a good workplace, people should be able to engage with others, no matter what their job title is. Bosses should be transparent and open with their employees and when information is given out, it should reach everyone. All employees should be asked for input so they know their opinions are appreciated and valued.

Going the extra mile and arranging company outings and events can also work wonders. This way, workers can socialize outside of work and build real relationships that are not solely based on work. This is a fantastic indirect type of motivation.

Career progression

One thing many people are concerned about is career progression, thanks to the insecurity of the job market. Start-ups have the potential for lots of growth and it can be really beneficial for employees if they know what career progression they can look forward to if they stay with the company and it continues to grow.

Career progression not only gives employees more variety in their work, it gives them something tangible to work towards and to get there, they need motivation and a positive attitude to work. This will give them the ambition to make your start-up work as well as they can.

Ultimately, staff who are happy tend to stick around longer and they are more effective at getting jobs done. Start-ups cannot afford to have a constantly changing line-up of staff, so implementing these techniques should give them a better chance of doing well.

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