Donovan tackles 600 e-mails daily and supervises thirty employees. She works long hours but stays happy. For her, this kind of joy helps in the productivity of her team while lifting their spirits. Jessica Pryce-Jones, an author, agrees and thinks that many people feel the same. She says, happiness lead us to improved performance, productivity and increased energy at work, getting feedbacks like a promotion or a raise. Happiness causes good health too, as well as happiness in our lives in general.
Research suggests that happy workers are productive workers. They are 180% energized compared to others. They work twice as much as the unhappy ones. Happy workers also take up 66% lesser sick leaves.
A psychology professor named Sonya Lyubomirsky, researched regarding the employees’ pay and promotion concluding that happiness has a positive result. She has observed that it is mostly the higher-ups who are very motivated with their work.
Gretchin Rubin, author, coined the term “emotional contagion” where one is affected by the different emotions around them. This goes to show that happy employees enhance the ambiance of the workplace. This creates an ideal team while the others remain less creative and weak in terms of problem-solving.
A Happy Worker Is a creative Worker
“The Julies” of Ford Explorer stay happy by being flexible. They stay at home for two days within the week and then on Wednesdays, they work in the office. Julie Rocco says that the arrangement for job sharing allows her to spend time with her son who is now three years old while remaining effective. In her opinion, the happier the person, the more productive they become. They are able to work without being distracted by regret or guilt.
Money Can’t Buy Happiness
A study revealed that a job with a high salary is not always the main reason for happiness.
An author, Sandra Naiman, revealed that there are more happy people in specific jobs like SPED (special education), acting, jobs that require contact with other people and especially those jobs that offer service.
An employee at ProjectExplorer.org says that workplaces embracing collaboration is a good source of happiness where you can witness your contributions supporting the good results without being judged. Happiness lets out your inner charisma allowing your work to be recognized. This will also help in influencing others to feel good thus increasing productivity at a high rate. Nobody wants to have a cynic colleague at the workplace.