You’re probably wondering how we measure workplace happiness ...
Once a month, we ask employees at over 500 companies around the world how happy they are at work. We separated the companies into 14 different industries then track the average happiness score for each organization.
We all know the importance of education. In 1856, 110 teachers met in St. Louis to establish the Missouri Teachers Association with a purpose to "promote the sacred interests of education by uniting the different members advancing their mutual improvement, and elevating the profession to its just intellectual and moral influence on the community.”
Their dedication to serving students and the communication stems from feeling valued for the work they put in. And in order to do spread that positivity to the community, the organization must first start with spreading positivity within their own association through employee engagement.
We got a chance to speak with the team to go behind the scenes of the organization to find out what makes Missouri State Teachers Association one of the best places to work. Let's see what they had to say.
A: We don’t have much internally. We used to have a random employee of the month award that was basically awarded to whoever stole the trophy, so we opened it up to see what special recognition our staff has received. We have some pretty impressive people here.
A: To better answer the questions, we shared them with the staff and sought input. We, surprisingly, had a lot of people respond that their happiest moment at work was the day they found out they were joining the team. Kim, our Member Care Supervisor, summarizes why people are excited to work here.
“When our organization started to recognize that all employees, regardless of their position, have intelligent ideas, suggestions, and input. Then we actually listening and taking that input to the next level by implementing our collaborative work and actually benefiting from the results and outcome, from start to finish. When this process started to materialize, that was a happy moment.”
Another popular answer had to do with engaging with our members. Whether it was helping them with legal problems, bringing about a new event like our New Professionals Training Camp, sharing member stories and resources through our magazine, or bringing them together through our creative retreat, assisting our members makes for a great day.
A: We're a non-profit, so we don’t have a big budget to do Free Breakfast Monday or Happy Hour Friday.
We do try to recognize employees, have fun, and just enjoy each other. We have about 49 (give or take, depending on the time of year) employees and about a third operate out of home offices all across the state. It’s important for those not in our main office to feel like part of the group. Over the years, we've participated in a number of activities. None of these are required, employees are invited but if it’s not their thing, they don’t feel pressured to attend. Forced fun is no fun.
Next we try to respect and trust our employees so they're free to carry out their responsibilites (not just tasks) without getting in their way. We want to give them the freedom to do their jobs while providing support when they need it.
A: Supportive. Collaborative. Fun.