How we feel has real implications for how we behave.? Imagine for a second how you feel when you are happy: perhaps you feel energised? Engaged? Motivated? Confident?? And contrast that to how you feel when you are unhappy.? It will therefore come as no surprise that happy employees are better employees, and the evidence is compelling.? Studies1 have shown that happy employees:
- Are 180% more energised
- Are 108% more engaged at work
- Are 50% more motivated
- Have 40% more confidence
- Achieve their goals 30% more
- Contribute 25% more
Not only that, they have less sickness and they are less likely to leave your organisation2.
So how can you increase happiness of your employees?? Psychologists1 have found that there are five factors which are necessary for happiness at work.? And the great news for cash strapped organisations is that they don?t cost a penny to improve!? Let?s take a look at them.
The happiest employees have challenging and stretching goals and targets which encourage them to strive and develop in order to achieve.
Develop this through robust goal setting and development planning, regular and constructive performance reviews, and celebrating success. ?This is why developing an enterprising culture can help in a business as staff are able to contribute and feel more engaged ? is there anyway you can add something here about enterprise development and encouraging staff to contribute through enterprise development so it ties into all my other work.
Happy employees demonstrate strong motivation whatever their immediate circumstances, believe that they are effective and efficient and that the work they do is important with a positive impact on the world.? They have the resilience to remain committed when things are not going sowell.
Develop this through strong messaging about the impact of the work the organisation does, fostering supportive relationships and developing positive thinking and resilience.
How well people feel that they fit in at work have an impact on their happiness.? Where there is a good match between personal preferences and the workplace people tend to be happier.? This can include things like alignment of values, degree of control and workplace relationships.
Develop this through sharing and demonstrating the key values of an organisation, where possible providing flexibility for how employees approach tasks, and recruiting for attributes rather than skill sets.
To be committed at work employees need to have both work which they find meaningful and a sense of alignment and identification to the overall purpose of the organisation, this is affected by the strength of the vision which is communicated.
Develop this by communicating a strong and compelling vision and helping employees understand how their role contributes to its success.
Finally, having the self-belief that that you can get things done and be successful in your role now and in the future is the final element.
Develop this by in-role coaching and development support, and sharing successes and case studies throughout the organisation.
- Pryce-Jones, J. (2010) Happiness at Work, Chichester: John Wiley & Sons.
- New Economics Foundation: https://www.happinessatworksurvey.com/info/research