There are a number of companies in Finland that have adopted the right business culture and have infused the culture of happiness into their workplace. Let us look at some of the components of Finland's happy society that can be brought into the US workplaces and create wonders there
Fremont, CA: Finland was crowned as the Happiest Country in the World for two successive years–2018 and 2019. Finland has addressed the issues of mental health and improved workplace culture in the most appropriate way, as a result of which, has caught the attention of many. There are a number of companies in Finland that have adopted the right business culture and have infused culture of happiness into their workplace.
Let us look at some of the components of Finland's happy society that can be introduced into the US workplace and bring revolutionary transformations there. Before diving deep into the happy society culture, let us first know why Finland is the happiest country and what according to them, is the definition of happiness.
A country's happiness is instigated by upholding the balance that prioritizes safety and stability for its citizens, besides giving them the freedom to pursue personal goals and lifestyle. Finnish government has successfully provided certain universal securities while providing a sense of choice to the people. The government offers a strong social safety in combination with individual liberties and a healthy work-life balance. Some businesses have implemented the government's policy in their workplaces to make the communities happy and responsible civilians, and to turn them into a highly productive workforce. The policy and the elements are neither so rigid nor culturally bound that there are no restrains for them to be brought in the US workplaces
The management role of modern-day businesses is more like a service role. The biggest priority of management should be to empower their employees and to explore their best selves. This helps the employees to focus solely on the main tasks rather than going through the trivial day-to-day woes. Another priority of equal importance should be to make the energies and efforts centralized by removing the barriers that employees face while achieving what they are intended to achieve. Minimal or liberal management means having the ability to state clearly what needs to be done and allowing the employees to shine through their own project, work, and ideas, rather than hiring and demanding the job to be done with strict rules and regulations of the company. Hence, the shift towards an organization with minimal management is a must. Not only does this approach minimize the amount of time spent on internal compliance, but it also keeps the workforce motivated to do their job.
Although an organization with less or minimal interference is more likely to boon, it is imperative to have a structure in the procedural policies to avoid chaos in the organization. Keeping in mind the needs and dreams of each and every employee, a bottom-up leadership model needs to be created in the organization, based on the structural policies. The one-size- fits- all model does not work in the leadership management. Every employee has their individual needs, and the leadership system must support all employees in different manners, as per their needs. Ultimately it is the organizations that benefit from the workers who are happy, motivated, and are therefore the most productive. Employees who stay productive and happy for a long time avoid burnouts, stays longer in a company rather than frequently switching from one to some other. With a change in the attitude of the modern workforce, the image of the modern business leader is also changing. The image of the business leaders is now transitioning to those who are focused on leading by serving, not competing.
As Finland has made all the above-discussed things mandatory in the workplace, it is riding on the benefits of it. One should understand that these policies are not exclusive to Finland and can be adopted anywhere in the world to make a team of a productive workforce.