Happy employees are productive employees. While that might be conventional wisdom, a study conducted by economists at the University of Warwick found that “happiness led to a 12% spike in productivity, while unhappy workers proved 10% less productive.” Jonha Revesencio talks about the study and the benefits of happy, engaged employees in an article in Fast Company: Why Happy Employees Are 12% More Productive
He notes that despite the research, other studies show room for improvement:
From the looks of it, there’s certainly room to improve on the happiness factor. A recent Gallup survey found only 13% of employees are engaged at work, meaning the vast majority of working adults doesn’t enjoy their work. By one recent measure, this costs US companies roughly $450–$550 billion annually. Looked at another way, though, poor worker engagement is an opportunity for companies to boost their productivity by investing in employees’ welfare and workplace happiness.
How do you boost happiness and yield higher employee productivity and happiness? For a start, here’s a helpful infographic from Unum by way of ragan.com that offers 30 tips to make your employees happy: