Why Your Office Need Happier Employees

| July 14, 2017 | 1 Comment

How many people do you think picture their boss and say that they are happy to work for them? If the answer to that question is low, then it’s time to recognize a major problem that businesses need to address.

As a rule of thumb, having employees that are happy and want to work where they work is considerably more beneficial to a company than having those that aren’t.

Obviously, nobody wants to work for a rude jerk that works them into the ground, but this goes even further than that. Here are a few reasons why you want to provide a more fulfilling place for your employees to be, and how happier employees are a boon for business…

Happier employees are more productive

The University of Warwick did a study in 2015 that showed that happier employees were shown to be more productive. In the study, researchers found that businesses where employees reported being happy were 12% more productive, all other things equal, to companies where employees only reported contentedness.

On the other hand, companies where workers reported being unhappy experienced a 10% decrease in productivity. Imagine if you could increase the productivity of your company by 12% and make your employees happier to be there, as well.

According to the researchers, they found that positive feelings tended to invigorate people, and spurred them to do better work.

Employees want to work for a place where they are taken care of

The idea behind happier employees is that you are creating a place where workers actually want to be and work. If the second an employee walks in the door, they are merely waiting to get out, then their performance is going to reflect that.

One key way to do this is to help make sure your employees feel like they are being taken care of there. This is why competitive businesses offer comprehensive benefits packages, in order to attract the right kind of people that are going to do fulfilling work.

When you are working in a place that you feel like cares for the welfare of you and your family, then you are going to care significantly more about the work that you do there.

Productivity is highest when money isn’t an issue

There have been a few interesting studies over the past decade that have noted the intriguing correlation between pay and productivity. For a long time, the thinking was that the more you paid people, the higher the performance they would give.

However, this actually doesn’t have much of a correlation with productivity. Instead, if you paid people enough to take the worry of money off the table, so that they didn’t need to get payday loans every couple of paychecks, and instead focused on pushing them to do work that fulfilled them, then productivity almost always rises at a level that is considerably higher than monetary compensation pushes people.

Build a culture that people want to be a part of

There has been a lot of buzz and talk about culture in corporate circles for years, now. Essentially, the idea is that the hopping culture and tone of the inner workings of a business is going to make people want to stay there.

This often gets thrown around too much as a corporate buzzword, but there is a heart of truth to the concept. People don’t want to feel like they work for a corporate cookie cut out with no personality. That wears on most people, over time, especially the ones who are going to do innovative work for your business.

For this reason, make sure that you spend the resources to make a business environment that people enjoy being in, or splurge to celebrate your workforce. Offer people the chance to relax and have fun in a work environment, and they will feel more connected to that business.

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  1. Neo says:

    Good luck trying to fix employee conflicts. The manager sets the tone of the office but if he or she is an was, good luck.

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