Top 10+ why happiness at work will increase performance

Top 10+ why happiness at work will increase performance

happiness at work will increase performance

It’s time to finally blow up the myth that feelings don’t matter at work

Research research conducted by neuroscientists Richard Davidson and V.S. Ramachandran and by psychologist Shawn Achor – increasingly points to a simple fact: Happy people are better workers! Those who are engaged with their jobs and colleagues work harder and smarter.

Corporate culture is becoming increasingly important

Corporate culture is becoming increasingly important for more and more companies – despite its intangible nature, its role is meaningful, affecting employees and organizational operations. And while culture is not the only factor guaranteeing success, positive cultures offer significant competitive advantages over rivals.

To build a more creative and high performance organization you need to encourage a fun corporate culture. Why? If your employees aren’t having fun, they’re probably not performing at their highest level.

And why not? Everyone is happier and more productive when they have fun together. And what some leaders don’t understand is that when people are not having fun, they’re tense. Then as a result of the paralysis, they can’t make decisions – and studies have shown that when you’re paralyzed, you’re incapable of being creative.

Top 10+ why happiness at work will increase performance

  1. Do happy people work better with others? – Yes
  2. Are happy people more creative? – Yes
  3. Do happy people fix problems instead of complaining about them? – Yes
  4. Do happy people have more energy? – Yes
  5. Are happy people more optimistic? – Yes
  6. Are happy people more motivated? – Yes
  7. Do happy people get sick less often? – Yes
  8. Do happy people learn faster? – Yes
  9. Do happy people worry less about making mistakes? And making less mistakes? – Yes
  10. Do happy people make better decisions? – Yes

Happiness at work will increase performance

Provide a model where people want to be involved

Provide a model where people want to be involved and can be themselves. Having a more positive corporate culture is about breaking down barriers of strict formality in such a way that people still have respect, loyalty, and trust, and are autonomous and uninhibited to do what they do best.

The successful organization of the future will have a corporate culture that offers supportive relationships, transformational leadership, and clear processes and objectives for innovation, as well as having leaders and workers who are adept at creative problem solving and idea generation.

 Having fun at work matters

Having fun at work matters

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Torben Rick

Experienced senior executive, both at a strategic and operational level, with strong track record in developing, driving and managing business improvement, development and change management. International experience from management positions in Denmark, Germany, Switzerland and United Kingdom

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Yes we want employees to be happy at work, so we need to know what aspects of their jobs or work environment tend to make them unhappy. When we know this we can start to introduce the changes in the environment, changes in systems or changes in the behaviour of bosses or colleagues which cause discontent. In other words we need to do some sort of happiness audit, establishing where the problems lie and then have the willingness to confront the problems in an honest and transparent way. For example, maybe the staff are wasting valuable hours because of inflexible working hours which require them to come to work during the rush hour/s and return home while traffic is at its worst.Staff may be arriving at work frustrated and angry because of this and feeling they are required to go through the same horrible traffic again in the evening. Perhaps bosses in the Klang Valley in Malaysia need to take some time to consider flexible arrival and departure times – and some days to work from home – to save energy/petrol and keep the staff happy. Some more trust in the staff is needed so that bosses overcome their fear that when the boss is away the staff will play. Consider with an open mind how this could become reality and we could make road users more relaxed and happier when they arrive at work and at home.

Well written and spot on Torben, i call it the Dantefactor experience: happy people delivering great results.

are we really still in doubt about this? Happiness is the Universal objective. Everyone wants more of it. Yes all of us.

It arises when we honour each other as valid and valued individuals. Leaders, pay attention! Either you already get this (and the really successful ones do) or you are in great danger.

Happiness is the universal app


Hi there,

Really interesting topic held here, I am an HR Assistant at a very prominent theatre in South Africa and we are an NGO and rely mostly on fundraising to push productions amongst many things and subsequently everyday operations evn though the government funds us through national lottery.

What I am trying to say is that we have budget constrains in mostly everything we do, which causes frustration and of cause unhappiness with employees to the point that it’s tocsic and infectionious throughout the organization.

I agree fully that happiness counts at the workplace, the the conversation was great food for thought and I would like to pose this to my manager, however the bugdet constrain factor will come up and my question is in what ways can happiness be increased in the workplace without denting the organizations budget?

I agree that happy people are definitely more productive and energised at work. They are also more able to solve problems and be innovative because they are listened to. But I have been in situations in the past where a manager, in trying to meet the needs of one team member, they have adversely affected the happiness of others. So happiness needs to be measured on a team basis as well as an individual basis.

Great comments. Keeping employees happy at their workplace does not take a lot of time nor money… just thoughtful and caring managers.

A happy culture also creates a self-fulfilling prophecy; happy people hear about the organizational culture and desire to work for it.

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