The Benefits Of Happiness At Work

The Benefits Of Happiness At Work

On January 10, 2015, Posted by , In Blogroll, With 1 Comment

shutterstock_242845873This week I read an article about happiness at work by John Collins and wanted to share part of it with you:

Are you happy at work? Are the people you work with happy? Should you even care as long as the job is getting done?

It turns out you should, happy companies are more successful in a number of measures. Research and practice both show that what makes people happy in the workplace is not obvious, and that relatively easy to provide things, like good pay, free food or perks, are over-rated.


Researchers from the University of Warwick in the UK found that people who are happy at work are about 12% more productive. Shawn Anchor, author of The Happiness Advantage, has quantified the benefits of a happy company – sales increase by 37%, productivity 31%, and accuracy on tasks improves by 19%, not to mention the health and quality of life improvements for staff.

You might think providing perks such as free food, massages in the office, on-site medical services and gym facilities, would ensure a happy workforce. Google has led the way in perks for some time, but the equation is not that simple – it’s not just a case of perks in, happiness out. While such benefits are helpful in attracting people to work at your firm, they are not that effective at improving company performance. No wonder Google is keen to stress that it’s passion not perks that are the biggest contributor to its success.

So if it’s passion and engagement that drives peoples happiness at work, how do we achieve that?

Well you could attend ‘Happiness school” a real online company that aims to “educate entrepreneurs in how to create happy, sustainable and profitable businesses”. Or you may prefer to focus on building your employees confidence and autonomy at work by trying these tips:

  1. Practise gratitude. Thank your team daily in a random way, not just at the end of a big project, but also for the smaller things they do for you. This unexpected praise has three times the positive effect of expected feedback
  2. Encourage a win win environment. So that employees feel supported in making choices and decisions that may fail. If it succeeds then they win, if it fails they learn why, so win as well
  3. Lead by example with occasional acts to help others. Such as unexpectedly buying a colleague a cup of coffee or offering to help out when a team member is behind on a project
  4. Empower your team. Allow your employees some autonomy in their role, so they feel trusted by you to take responsibility for parts of the business

Do you have any other ideas for building confidence and happiness in a business? Please add your comments below.

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One Comment so far:

  1. Julie Smith says:

    Ensure that team meetings are productive, with a clear aim or intent, rather than allowing entrenched negativity to fester. It’s important that people feel they have a voice, but equally important that the meeting doesn’t get railroaded by a different agenda.

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