Offering feedback to coworkers, workplace flexibility, performance indicators and managers’ discomfort in communicating with employees #FridayFinds

This week’s main themes in article roundup are feedback and the employee experience – two highly discussed topics that leave a lot of space for improvement.

And while we’re on the topic of employee experience, we’re getting ready to celebrate the International Happiness Day on March 20th, with a crowdsourced eBook, as we like to call it. Our project aims to gather as many responses as possible from employees and professionals all over the world, to one single question: “What makes you happy at work?”.

We invite everyone to tell us what makes you happy at work and we’ll feature all of your answers in the eBook for International Happiness Day, which we hope will become a source of inspiration and drive to build happier and more engaging workplaces.

Now back to this week’s best articles:

How to Tell a Coworker They’re Annoying You

Caroline Webb, author of How to Have a Good Day: Harness the Power of Behavioral Science to Transform Your Working Life talks about a smart feedback technique that can help you convey your feelings in an assertive manner, without permanently damaging your working relationships.

Giving feedback to coworkers has been known to cause panic and paranoia, especially if that coworker is your manager. And it’s natural to feel inhibited by the potential reaction of the person you’re trying to communicate with. As you’ll see in this article, it’s all about how you convey your message and how you initiate the conversation around it, to reach a constructive solution.

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How Companies Increase Profits through Workplace Flexibility

Working flexibility is a key aspiration for today’s employees, especially for Millennials and the upcoming Gen Z. More specifically, the freedom to choose the where and how of the way they work, in order to perform and advance in their development.

Companies who recognize this trend and are prepared to make it a workplace reality are seeing encouraging results in terms of company culture and even business profits, as Shawn Murphy details in his article.

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3 Performance Indicators That Will Make Or Break Your Company

I especially liked this article because it brings into focus an essential part of what we talk about here on Hppy –  employee objectives. Focusing on the employee experience should become a way of doing business.

Seeing as companies are currently using a combination of financial and customer-focused indicators, the article points to a third type of measurements which are essential to meeting your company’s goals; these are employee-centered metrics such as employee engagement, satisfaction and turnover.

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Two-Thirds of Managers Are Uncomfortable Communicating with Employees

In a cyclical approach, we’re ending today’s article roundup with a look into how managers are also uncomfortable offering feedback to their employees. It’s only human. But it’s also bad for business.

The article analyzes the findings of a recent survey conducted online by Harris Poll with 2,058 U.S. adults, which revealed that a stunning majority (69%) of the managers said that they’re often uncomfortable communicating with employees, and offers some practical guidelines to improve this situation.

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Join us next week as we share more of our favorite articles. We’d also love to know what articles made your week and what topics you’d like us to talk about next week so comment away.

And remember to contribute to our eBook by telling us what makes you happy at work!

Happy weekend!