We define employee happiness as the opposite of feeling drained, overwhelmed, stressed, and dissatisfied by work. Employee happiness is a feeling of being energized, appreciated, and fulfilled by what you can contribute to your workplace and organization. Employee happiness means that you find work as a part of your life that you can enjoy, not simply endure.
What Does Employee Happiness Look Like?
Happiness at work as in life is not just a series of emotional highs. It is a long-term general feeling of well-being, self-worth, and positive relationships. And because life can at times be tough, happiness is also the ability to be resilient and recover from adversity.
What Are the Benefits?
The benefits of being generally happy are clear to the individual. But how do they improve the work environment? The benefits are both qualitative and quantitative. Not only is happiness “catching” in that it improves the quality of life for more and more employees, but it also can be measured in improved business results.
There is a direct relationship between our definition of happiness at work and employee engagement. Our employee engagement survey data show that higher levels of employee engagement correlate to 18% greater productivity, 12% higher customer satisfaction, and 51% less voluntary turnover.
How Do You Foster Employee Happiness?
A greater sense of well-being at work can be achieved and should be a continuing goal of organizations that want to prosper. Here are some factors that, when present, promote greater employee well-being:
Teams that operate with respect and kindness toward one another, with mutual support and understanding, and with trust in one another are smoothly oiled machines. Team members communicate well, manage conflict with a minimum of upset, and collaborate in a way that increases productivity.
The kind of job where you just check in and out lacks a sense of purpose. You want to feel that there is meaning in what you do, that your work is worthwhile and has real benefit.
Beyond knowing that your work has value, when you feel that your contribution to the workplace is recognized and appreciated, you are more likely to exert greater effort. It helps when you have some ownership over what you do and how you do it and that you have opportunities to learn and grow in your job. It’s not a dead end but a career development path where you feel valued as an important resource.
There will always be challenges. The key is to be able to meet and overcome them. A worker with resilience approaches setbacks from the point of view of what they can learn from them.
The Bottom Line
It’s just smart business to find out how “happy” your employees are at work. Not only will you boost productivity, but you will, more importantly, build a great place to work.
To learn more about employee happiness, download The Top 10 Most Powerful Ways to Boost Employee Engagement