Send an email asking staff members how their week went. Leaders who do this gain a good way to keep employees happy at work.

According to a recent posting with The Chief Happiness Officer Blog, this weekly email should go out on Friday, asking employees three questions about their week. Also, send that email direct, without any login, apps, or additional bells and whistles that could discourage employees from responding. (The author does this through a program called “HeartCount.”)

The replies are golden opportunities for leaders to learn crucial data about what’s working and what isn’t. What’s more, human resources can use those responses to spot any problems and act on those, and also note any successes, reinforcing practices that work.

Such a weekly email is important, according to the posting, because it tells employees that a manager cares about them, helps identify problems, and identifies ways to make employees happier and more productive.

The full posting – “The Best Way to Measure Employee Happiness” – can be accessed at this link.