There is nothing worse than being confined in an unhappy workplace with equally unhappy people. In fact, Forbes reported that: “The Conference Board reports that 53 percent of Americans are currently unhappy at work. Consider that for a second. Half of the workforce is unhappy.” With that being said, if those people leave, a workplace becomes short-staffed and overwhelmed and loses productivity. On a side note, if you feel your work environment is toxic, refer to this article to see if you need to start putting in applications to a new workplace.
Therefore, there is no doubt that happier employees are more productive.
In fact, Oxford University found: “An extensive study into happiness and productivity has found that workers are 13% more productive when happy.” Also, “‘We found that when workers are happier, they work faster by making more calls per hour worked and, importantly, convert more calls to sales,’ said Professor De Neve.” Another factor to add is that weather never impacted the employees’ happiness.
Honestly, a survey company used in offices, wrote an article about reflecting on happier employees being more productive. The company also reflected on the wellness programs that can be integrated into companies to improve employee satisfaction and overall happiness even more. Honestly writes: “So, where should you start?
One way to approach your wellbeing strategy is to take a look at what elements experts say matter the most to employee wellness. According to the American Psychological Association, the top 5 components to workplace wellbeing are:
1. Work-Life Balance
2. Health and Safety
3. Employee Growth and Development
4. Employee Recognition
5. Employee Involvement.
Honestly then moves on to talk about the 50 different ideas such as: building a company library, creating rest areas, and hiring a company trainer. It is pertinent for companies to realize that their employees’ happiness is just as important as making sales and meeting quotas. If they don’t, their company will eventually suffer.
Mental health is everything in a workplace and this previous article goes more into that and how a workplace can take a more direct approach. So here is to hoping that more companies will take mental health more seriously and realize that happier employees are more productive.