Why You Should Care That Your Employees Are Happy (Beyond the Fact That it Makes You a Better Person)
Research backs it up: When people are happy, they tend to work better, stay at their jobs, and produce higher quality results than their unhappy counterparts. And this leads to even more tangible benefits for employers: One study found that across companies in Fortune’s “100 Best Companies to Work For,” revenue increased by 22% on average over the course of a year.
But what’s the secret to boosting happiness among your team? After all, research also tells us that it isn't necessarily about the job; if two people have the same role, one might be delighted with it and the other might be aching for a career change.
Turns out, it's about subtle shifts in management style—like helping employees see the meaning in their work and give them some autonomy in the way they complete tasks—that just take a little time and attention. Want to learn more? Check out this infographic for more ideas on boosting engagement (and the rewards you’ll sow if you do).
Infographic courtesy of Happify.com. Photo of happy workers courtesy of Shutterstock.
Acacia Parks is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Hiram College and Chief Scientist of Happify, a website and app designed to help people live happier, more fulfilling lives through science-based games. She is a leading expert on the science of happiness – specifically, how people can most effectively improve their happiness. Her research focuses on self-help methods for increasing happiness via books, smartphones, and the World Wide Web. Acacia regularly publishes articles in scientific journals and has edited three books. She is also Associate Editor at the Journal of Positive Psychology. She is an active teacher, offering courses on positive psychology, as well as health psychology, abnormal and clinical psychology, research methods, and critical writing.More from this Author