In a world where the pursuit of happiness is paramount, building a team culture that fosters happiness among employees is a top priority for small business owners. Stephanie Scheller, CEO and Founder of Grow Disrupt, sat down with Becky Brunner, affectionately known as The Happy Culture Lady, to uncover the secrets of making a team truly happy. Join us as we delve into this insightful conversation where we explore the dynamics of creating a joyful and productive work environment.
Meeting The Happy Culture Lady
Becky's journey into the realm of fostering workplace happiness began a few years ago. After gaining experience in project management and marketing, she paused to reflect on her own happiness. The result was a profound realization - her happiness lay in creating cultures where other people could thrive.
In their conversation, Becky shared some invaluable insights that can help any small business owner create a happier and more productive work environment.
1. Show Appreciation
One of the first things Becky emphasized is the significance of showing genuine appreciation to the team. Making employees feel valued and acknowledging the importance of their work can have a substantial impact. When team members understand that their contributions matter and are appreciated, they tend to take ownership of their roles. It's not just about being an employee; it's about being an intrapreneur within the company. This shift in perspective can make a world of difference when it comes to team happiness and overall productivity.
2. Create Excitement
Becky also stressed the importance of finding ways to infuse excitement into the workplace. It doesn't have to be extravagant or expensive. Simple gestures like coffee chats, game nights, or fun questions during team meetings can bring joy to the daily work routine. These small efforts foster camaraderie, making the workplace more enjoyable without breaking the bank.
3. Connect and Communicate
For small business owners, it's not uncommon to wear many hats and have limited time. When five minutes is all you can spare for team engagement, Becky's advice is simple: keep trying. Those few minutes, even once a week, can make a world of difference. Use this time for connecting, asking about weekends, and creating a sense of community. Employees who feel connected are more likely to reach out to colleagues, collaborate, and improve productivity.
Engaging a Remote Team
In today's world, remote teams have become the norm. While some companies have chosen to return to the office, remote work remains a feasible option. Becky and Stephanie agree that remote teams can be just as engaged and happy as in-person ones. The key is to take baby steps, survey your team, and communicate your commitment to fostering connection.
Whether through virtual retreats or hybrid models, it's essential to find the right balance between remote and in-person engagement. Virtual meetings are an excellent way to connect, brainstorm, and maintain that sense of community, even when the team is miles apart.
Bringing It All Together
As a small business owner, Stephanie has always believed that a happy team is a productive team. Happy employees are more committed, creative, and driven. While there's no one-size-fits-all solution, the insights from Stephanie's conversation with Becky offer valuable guidance for anyone looking to create a happier and more productive work environment. It all comes down to appreciation, excitement, connection, and effective communication.
If you're seeking additional support and resources to enhance your team's happiness, be sure to check out Becky's website. Her subscription model, designed to help teams with ongoing culture-building, could be the perfect solution.
Your quest to build a team culture that thrives on happiness is a journey well worth embarking on. Remember, happiness isn't a destination; it's a way of life. So go out there, make it a great week, and keep in mind that your ADHD is a strength, not a weakness. It's up to you to make the most of it.If you are an entrepreneur with ADHD and are interested in checking out a Grow Disrupt Event, look here to see which event is best for you!