Happy teams perform better. Heres how to build one

130: How strong leaders build happier, more productive teams

Happy teams perform better. Large amounts of research backs this up. Here's how to build one.

There is an abundance of research that proves happiness among employees fuels performance and achievement, resulting in a competitive edge many companies crave. Shawn Achor, author of the best-selling book The Happiness Advantage noted that “happiness is the precursor to success, not merely the result.”

If you want to have a high-performing team, you need to build a happy team.

Even though the data shows building a happy culture is good for business, many companies struggle to do it. As a result, many companies end up with a largely disengaged workforce (data shows 68% of employees are disengaged in the US), which costs them tons of money. No bueno.

Thankfully, there are a few simple strategies and tools you can use to help improve the happiness and experience your employees have at work, which will, in turn, help them work better to deliver a remarkable experience for your customers.

One way to do that is to build a culture that is fueled by transparency.

Monday* is a tech company that has a workspace collaboration tool designed to help teams operate within a culture of transparency. Samsung, Fiverr, Uber, WeWork and Wix are just a few of the companies who use the tool.

Leah Walters is the Head of Communications at Monday. I chatted with her recently to get insights into how Monday and their customers are building happy teams, that enable them to perform at a higher level.

*When we recorded this interview, the name of the company Monday, was Dapulse. They changed the name in recent months.

Key points:

  • Why it is beneficial for team members to have a clear idea of what everyone else is working on
  • A smart way to let your team know how their work fits into the big picture of what is happening in your company
  • Why transparency builds high-performing teams
  • The surprising attributes that make employees the happiest at work
  • Simple but effective tactics for making your team members feel appreciated
  • How technology can empower team members who struggle to speak up in meetings
  • An innovative way for managers to get insights on how to manage their teams better

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