10 Signs You’re in a Happy Workplace

A happy workplace is great for employee motivation and productivity.

Do you love going to work each day or do you dread it?

This ESL lesson will improve your English speaking ability and get you thinking about what makes you happy or unhappy at work.

Happy Workplace – Part I: Let’s Chat about the Photo

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1. What do you think they’re viewing on the notebook?

2. Why aren’t the men aren’t wearing a headset like the woman’s?

3. What type of room do you think they’re gathered in?

4. How long do you think they’ll stay in the room?

5. Do you think they’re all from the same team?

Happy Workplace – Part II: Take the Survey and Talk About It

1. Employees in our office speak openly about all types of issues:

  • Strongly agree
  • Partially agree
  • Disagree

2. The employee turnover in our company is:

  • High for our industry
  • Normal for our industry
  • Low for our industry

3. The mood among employees in our workplace these days is: (Choose all that apply)

4. If you applied for an internal work promotion, who would need to approve it? (Choose all that apply)

  • My team members (same level)
  • My team leader
  • My department leader
  • The company president

5. What opportunities for growth and advancement have you experienced in your company so far? (Choose all that apply)

  • Promotions
  • Training programs
  • Learn new skills
  • Take on new responsibilities
  • Other

6. Describe the office politics in your company. (Choose all that apply)

  • There is a lot of gossip among employees
  • There are cliques
  • Some teams are divided
  • Departments don’t always share or trust each other
  • There is open collaboration among teams always
  • Other

7. How often are company goals shared or reviewed in your organization? (Choose all that apply)

  • Once a year
  • Once a quarter
  • Once a month
  • Once a week

8. How do you contribute to your team’s success? (Choose all that apply)

  • I generate ideas
  • I create presentations
  • I close deals
  • I put together forecasts
  • I lead internal meetings
  • I gather data (numbers, forecasts, analytics)
  • I organize internal meetings
  • I do research
  • I write proposals
  • Other

9. All departments and individuals in our company are open to new ideas, concepts and change.

  • Totally agree
  • Partially agree
  • Disagree

10. Overall, the quality of employee work life in my company is:

  • Superb
  • Good
  • Needs improvement

Happy Workplace – Part III: Share Your Opinions

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Discuss the Photo

1. What type of business is this?

2. What is the woman fixing with the screwdriver?

3. Is this an unusual career choice for a woman in your country?

Discussion Activity

Below is a list of the 10 important factors for a happy workplace? Take 5 minutes alone and identify the ones which your company offers.

Next, compare and discuss your choices with your teacher, a partner, or as a group and reach consensus on your top 3 choices.

  • A clear advancement path for employees
  • Annual wage increases not limited to executives
  • Direct access to management through email, one-on-ones and group meetings
  • Pay for performance for all departments
  • Flexible work hours i.e. work from home days
  • A transparent organizational structure which discloses all employees’ salaries
  • Option to purchase company stock
  • BYOD (bring your own device) policy
  • Company funding for higher education for staff
  • Job security

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