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October 2, 2018 By Jen Mathews

If You’re Happy and You Know it, You’ll Stick Around at Work

October 2, 2018

By Jen Mathews

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October 2, 2018

If You’re Happy and You Know it, You’ll Stick Around at Work

By Jen Mathews
Senior Public Relations Manager

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:

  • Let there be (natural) light– Sometimes this means getting out of the office and away from the harsh florescent lights. Whether it’s a quick break to go outside, investing in a UV lamp for your desk, or taking a call from a bench in a park, spend a bit of time in the sun for that mid-day vitamin D pick me up.
  • Strong Coworker Relationships- You spend more time with coworkers than just about anyone else in your life, so you better like who you work with. And just because you are at work, doesn’t mean it has to be all work and no play. Spend a few minutes at the beginning of each meeting catching up with those that may not be in the same office. If you are remote employee, it’s also a good idea to schedule informal time to connect with colleagues. Try a virtual coffee break or Monday morning recap of the latest TV show or sporting event.
  • Stretch those legs- Taking physical breaks has been shown to really boost your efficiency. If you have a few more minutes, check out another blog post we wrote that talks about how exercise “supercharges” productivity.
  • Take advantage of remote working or a flexible work schedule- Work really doesn’t just have to happen in your office from 9-5. Whether you are a night owl, an early riser, or want to break up the work day for time with family, find a schedule and a location that works for you. Many companies allow flexible working or remote working if you are a strong employee who can get work done even if you aren’t in the office. Just make sure you have some great collaboration tools that work across devices so you’ll never miss a beat no matter where you are!
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