How does happiness increase productivity in the workplace

March 10, 2019 adminmj

Let’s face it.  There’s nothing worse than going to work, every single day, hating what you do or not liking the people with whom you work.  As we spend between 8 to 12 hours a day at work – sometimes more – it’s critical that we enjoy what we do and are passionate about our work.

Happiness at work has been the topic of research for decades and the findings are clear:

Happy employees are more productive. Research shows that happiness boosts productivity in the workplace by as much as 20 percent. Unhappy employees, on the other hand, are unproductive — and costly. Every year disengaged workers cost the U.S. economy between $450-550 billion.

It’s time to prioritise happiness

Without happiness, a genuine feeling of being content, life can feel like a chore where we struggle to put one foot in front of the other.  Even doing the mundane tasks, like food shopping or cooking, can seem an effort.  It’s time to think about our wellbeing and prioritise happiness.

What’s the productivity secret with happy people?

If we enjoy what we do (or even love it) we look forward to it. We are more engaged in our work and its outcome, so our ‘care factor’ about doing a good job is much higher.  This also means that we are more involved in our work and are more present in what we do.  Ultimately, we are more engaged in our work.

Happiness increases productivity because it leads to higher engagement – happy employees are more present, involved and willing in their jobs. They pay more attention to the needs of customers and are more alert about the company’s processes and systems.  Happy engaged people produce a win-win outcome for themselves and the Organisation overall.

Many Happiness benefits

Promoting employee happiness is good business and for many Organisations it is becoming increasingly critical.  One study conducted in 2017 indicated that happy employees are up to 30 percent more productive than unhappy employees. In sales, this number is even higher.  Happy sales people increase sales by 37 percent, because they like what they do and are motivated to even higher levels to achieve what they need to.

High levels of well-being at work is good for the employee and the organization. It means lower sickness-absence levels, better retention and more satisfied customers. People with higher levels of well-being live longer, have happier lives and are easier to work with.

Source: https://www.palgrave.com/br/book/9781349321032

Happiness at work is becoming the secret weapon of Organisations in the modern-day business world.

The major problem is the relationship with my Manager

Employees don’t leave Companies.  They leave ineffective managers. Research conducted by Gallup International indicated that more than 1 million employed U.S. workers quit their jobs because of a bad boss or immediate supervisor. 75% of workers who voluntarily left their jobs did so because of their bosses and not the position itself.

Naturally this is not the only reason people leave; others include pay rates, dissatisfaction or a dislike of the work itself, commuting far distances, inadequate benefits such as child-care and unsatisfactory working conditions, as examples.

Creating happy Workplaces

There are many ways workplaces can provide a great and supportive environment for their people, including:

  • Capable and competent leaders who are engaging and supportive of their people
  • A robust rewards and recognition system that promotes hard work and good outcomes
  • An Organisational culture that promotes supporting each other and achieving goals and outcomes
  • A fun place where people laugh and enjoy being together

Would you like to learn more?

Pure Magic International Business Solutions is an award-winning company, passionate about helping clients achieve strategic business outcomes through leadership, management and people development strategies and techniques at all levels and by using a range of easy-to-implement HR and Organisational development strategies.

To find out more, head to www.puremagicbusiness.com.au.

If you have ideas or concerns about your Organisation that you would like to discuss, why not book a free session with us via https://my.timetrade.com/book/QGY21


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