Why do we limit happiness to an hour?
We have all been there; It’s Monday afternoon and the first day of the workweek, already you and your colleagues are itching to get to happy hour to bitch about your day. Why aren’t we happy at work?
Now, I’m not saying that leadership should have an open bar in the office, but the atmosphere obviously requires an upgrade if by 10:00 am your team needs a collective drink.
Of course, what I’m talking about is company culture. Is yours so bad that your team would rather be buzzed to cope? How can you change it?
The Bartender is Essentially your HR Director
The bartender is always there to listen. Listen to your troubles and offer tools to cope. The difference is, they are handing out rum and cola, where your HR team can provide tools like mediation, suggestions for improvement, and company-wide training. Now, HR can’t solve all the problems of corporate unhappiness alone. To change the culture and make things “happy” again, you must start at the top and require buy-in from your leadership. Communicate with the workers to find out what they think can be improved. Reevaluate the mission of the organization or write a new one.
Don’t Belly up to the Bar, Raise it.
- Raise the bar on the expected behavior of the team at all levels
- Raise the bar on the benefits you offer
- Raise the bar on the compensation you provide
Expect Results to change, but not immediately. Like a fine wine, culture change takes time and nurturing.
Cheers to You!
You have gone through the process of culture change. You have partnered with your HR Director and created an atmosphere that your employees can enjoy. You have asked for feedback and listened to your team members to provide better products and services for them and their families. Great job! This rounds on me!