International Happiness Day 20th March
Happy employees are easy to spot. They are the ones who get along with their colleagues, try hard at their work and feel proud to be part of an organisation. Their happiness brings great joy to the office – but it also contributes towards great business.
Some people may think it is a load of new age nonsense, but research conducted by the University of Warwick has discovered that happy employees are in fact 12% more productive! The study included 1 group of people who were exposed to humorous video clips, 1 group that were given chocolates and presents, and the third were questioned about traumatic events in their past. Interestingly, the study showed that happy people are not only more productive, they’re also more creative and even better at solving problems.
Spend more time on work related tasks
But the benefits don’t stop there. A similar study showed that employees that are at the lower end of the happiness scale are reported to spend 60% of their time procrastinating, compared to happy employees who spend an astonishing 80% of their time on work related task. So in theory, unhappy employees are dedicating 2 days a week to work, whilst happy employees are dedicating 4. To find out more please read “Happiness at Work: Maximizing Your Psychological Capital for Success” By Jessica Pryce-Jones.
Fewer sick days
Happy employees also have lower levels of absenteeism. This is not just because they enjoy their job, happy people are generally healthier. A vast amount of research draws attention to the detrimental impact negative emotions have on our immune system. Long stretches of stress, anxiety and fear can even increase the chances of fatal illnesses such as heart disease, stroke and diabetes. On the other side of the scale, a positive mental state such as enthusiasm and engagement appears to reduce the risk of illness such as coronary heart disease.
This collective evidence has massive implications for management across all types of organisations, highlighting the importance of a healthy, fun, working environment.