Happy, engaged food truck employees are good for your mobile food business. Research shows that employees that are happy are more creative, produce better results, and are willing to go the extra mile for the businesses they work for. What’s more, happiness is contagious. A happy food truck culture creates a virtuous cycle that leads to further engagement. Today we wanted to touch on ways to create a happier team in your food truck business.

The most successful food trucks have owners who create a work environment where peak performance comes naturally and remove the issues that inhibit poor performance. So how happy are your staff members at work today?  Are you surrounded by a team of smiling faces or is there a bit of a black cloud hanging overhead?

How To Create A Happier Team In Your Food Truck

To bring more happiness into your food truck staff, focus on what psychologists have identified as the three pathways to happiness: pleasure, engagement, and meaning. Consider whether you are actively encouraging these things in your food truck staff.

  • Do they enjoy their relationships and their environment at work?
  • Does your team laugh?
  • Do they fill roles that fit their skill sets and offer appropriate challenges?
  • Do they feel they’re a part of something that matters?

If the answer is no to any of these questions, brainstorm how you can adjust the food truck environment to bring more happiness in. Above all else, don’t lose sight of how you would want to be treated if you were in their shoes. Keeping those feelings in mind will create a happier team with a fun and team oriented atmosphere for everyone.

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The Bottom Line

In this today’s competitive recruitment and hiring environment, retaining employees is a critical component of a food truck’s success. Because of this, it is important to create a happier team in your food truck. Not only is a low turnover rate good for the bottom line, but it also means you are creating and building a firm foundation for the future.

How does your food truck create a healthy team environment?  How have you learned to create a happier team? Let us know what’s worked for you in the comment section below or on social media. Facebook | Twitter