Happy people work harder!

Happier People Work Harder, Better

Most of us, working adults spend a large part of our waking hours at work than any other place. Ideally therefore, business companies should make it a point to ennoble the human spirit and not degrade it and even in some extreme cases, kill it. For these businesses, it should not only be a moral obligation to foster and promote the well-being of its workers. Doing so also makes a lot of economic sense.

A Previous Study

Over the past decade close to twelve thousand (12,000) electronic diary entries from nearly three hundred (300) professionals in seen (7) different corporations were gathered to study a person’s state of mind everyday at the workplace. They were asked to describe one event that dominated their average working day. These responses then provided a basis for analyzing the latent perceptions, emotions, feelings and motivations that they experienced in response to what went on during their everyday work routine. These also gave an indication of what made sense to them.

What The Study Says

Two of the vital findings were:

  • In thirty three percent (33%) of the twelve thousand entries, the respondents were unhappy and unmotivated, or both. Some had even claimed they were disgusted and frustrated.
  • Their inner work life had a great impact on workers’ creativity, productivity, commitment and a general predisposition to work with the rest of the company’s employees. When they feel happy, theses guys are more likely to have new ideas and tend to be more engaged in their work. The finding was clear enough to show that workers perform a lot better when they are happily engaged in what they do everyday.

What Can Managers Do?

It makes practical sense for managers to help ensure that their people are happy and engaged in their jobs. It’s not expensive, since employees’ well-being depends largely on how they are able, and how willing they are to facilitate the accomplishments of their workers. This is generally done by providing his people with help, removing hindrances that tend to obstruct the smooth flow of work and by acknowledging specially strong efforts of his people.

In the end, going by all the assessments and evaluation from the recent study, the one clear pattern that emerged was: of all events that engage people in their workplace, the most vital was simply making progress in meaningful work. In other words, as long as workers continue to experience their jobs as meaningful, there is progress, and this is usually followed by joy and excitement about the work.

You as a responsible manager should recognize this to be the prime mover in building and establishing employee engagement in their jobs. What will make this happen are workers’ autonomy, ample resources and learning from problems. These are the essentials to a happier working group and a better business potential. The sooner you believe and accept this as part of your mission, the sooner you’ll build a happier employee base leading to higher productivity.

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