October 2, 2018 By Jen Mathews
October 2, 2018
If You’re Happy and You Know it, You’ll Stick Around at Work
Let’s all sing along. If you’re happy and you know it, stick around (clap.clap.). That might just be a slightly revised version of a children’s song, but the need for happiness in the workplace is pretty important when you think about it. When you’re happy, you are probably your most productive self and want to do your best work. Same goes for your coworkers and employees.
But you’re a business person, and intuition really needs to be grounded in facts. So, here’s some research to support what you already know to be true: According to a recent report in the Harvard Business Review, “a large and growing body of research on positive organizational psychology demonstrates that not only is a cut-throat environment harmful to productivity over time, but that a positive environment will lead to dramatic benefits for employers, employees, and the bottom line.”
But wait, there’s more evidence that underscores the link between happiness and work. Unhappy workers tend to lose their drive and focus. In fact, a study by the Gallup Organization reveals that disengaged workers had 37% higher rates of absenteeism, 49% more accidents, and 60% more errors and defects.
We also conducted a survey of our own, and found that American workers are looking for a balance of office and remote working opportunities to keep them happy. In fact, remote work is so popular that 63% of those surveyed admitted to being more likely to take a job with a remote work option than the same job without that option.
Fact of the matter is that happy workers are not only more fulfilled, they are healthier and more productive. While different factors make each of us happy in our work environments, here are some common denominators that most of us would probably agree on:
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