THE CASE FOR HAPPINESS

"Organizations that track, manage, and enhance employee wellbeing can better control healthcare costs, improve both employee performance and customer engagement, and attract and retain top talent." GALLUP, 2012

The Data:

01 // HAPPY EMPLOYEES ARE HIGH PERFORMING EMPLOYEES

  • Work Performance. Employees with chronic positive moods perform better.1   Positive well-being increases productivity and improves performance. Managers with more positive moods receive more rewards from supervisors.2
  • Productivity. Employees who have the highest levels of positive psychological capital at work are 47% more productive every week that those who are less happy.3
  • Engagement & Job Satisfaction
    • The happiest employees are 108% more engaged than their least happy coworkers.
    • The happiest employees have 82% more job satisfaction.4
  • Confidence & Motivation
    • The happiest employees are 50% more motivated than their least happy co-workers.6
    • The happiest report believing in their potential 40% more than the least happy.

02 // WELLNESS PROGRAMS INCREASE A COMPANY’S PSYCHOLOGICAL CAPITAL

  • Positive Contribution. Employees who experience more positive emotions demonstrate more positive organizational behaviors.
    • Use more cooperative strategies when negotiating.
    • Have more favorable perceptions of themselves and others.
    • Are more self-efficacious.
    • Are more willing and able to help others.8
  • Personal Relationships. Happier people have stronger bonds with others. Researchers believe the link is bi-directional, in that happiness leads to better relationships and vice versa.
    • More satisfying & longer marriages.
    • More friends.

03 // HAPPINESS BUILDS RESILIENCY AND REDUCES STRESS

  • Stress Reduction & Resiliency. When people experience more positive emotions they have better levels of stress and resiliency.
    • Decreased duration of stress.
    • Increased the sense that they are “up for the challenge” rather than threatened, overwhelmed, or defeated.
    • Grow as a result of a stressful problem.
    • Decreased physical reaction to stress, which is related to heart disease and immune functioning.
    • Greater ability to recover from stress.7
  • Physical Health. Happier people not only feel better, their health is better. Happiness is associated with several positive health outcomes.
    • More energy and activity.
    • Less physical problems.
    • Lower stress.

Happiness is good for business. Reach out to Choosing Happiness to explore how our training and coaching programs can drive your organization forward.

  • 1 Wright, 2007
  • 2 George, 1995
  • 4, 5, 6 Jessica Pryce-Jones, 2010
  • 7 Tugade and Fredrickson, 2004
  • 8 Boehm and Lyubomirsky, 2008

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