Why happiness at work really matters
Thousands of companies around the world say they are increasingly investing in the well-being and happiness of their employees because happy people tend to work better. But are such claims mere hype or are they scientifically proven? Well, recent research shows that happiness indeed boosts productivity by 12% and that happier people are more supportive of changes and learn new things quickly so there must be a grain of truth hidden somewhere within.
Some companies seem to know no bounds when it comes to pampering employees: they offer countless vacation days, fat paychecks or free flights, while other offer only “meager” benefits in the form of flexible work schedules, gift vouchers for Christmas or charity days. But do such benefits really make employees happy? In fact happy employees credit their bliss to … minimal supervision and great work-life balance. At X-Formation we recognized it long ago — our company is the right place for people who simply wanna great job . We do the most we can to make our employees happy by offering them minimal supervision, flexible working time and great modern office.
But back to theory …
According to a Harvard researcher and international best-selling author, Shawn Achor, there is a link between positive psychology and success.
According to the author, optimistic and happy people are:
- 37% more successful in sales
- 3x more creative
- 31% more productive
- 19% more accurate
- Up to 10 times more engaged
Although it may seem like a no-brainer, the fact is that happy brains are more productive and motivated. Happiness fuels success, and the thrill of creative effort makes people perform better at leadership roles and achieve far better organization results.
Put simply, to keep your employees happy, you should:
- stop micro-managing and make your employees feel that they are trusted by encouraging them to think on their own
- create a pleasant environment
- improve work/life balance to give people time to let people enjoy their life
- promote growth and development by providing opportunities for training and development
- ask what could be better, listen and respond to your employees’ feedback
- give feedback
- encourage socialization
Remember: employees that are content are usually more willing to contribute cheerfully and they don’t moan about daily operations. Try to contribute to overall happiness level in your company as much as you can 🙂