A job, by definition, is not necessarily fun, or enjoyable either. Work is hard. Dealing with work stresses day in and day out is exhausting. However, there are many benefits for companies to reap from creating and maintaining a happy workplace for their employees.
One of the most important lessons that many leading companies have learned is that encouraging and fostering a happy workplace that is fun and that inspires employees to take joy in their work can reap enormous benefits.
Benefits of a happy workplace include;
- Happiness has a multiplying effect
- Happy employees have the right attitude
- Happiness increases productivity
- Happiness encourages risk-taking
- Happy employees support each other
- Happy employees are not afraid to make mistakes
- Happy employees make less mistakes
- Happiness inspires creativity
- People like to work with happy people
- Happy employees work better with others
- Happy people fix problems instead of complaining
- Happy employees get sick less often
- Happy employees make better decisions
- Happy employees learn faster
Here’s these benefits of a happy workplace explained in more detail.
Happiness has a multiplying effect
Happiness is contagious and, when encouraged, can spread throughout an entire company.
Employees who take joy in their work make excellent role models for their fellow workers and encourage them to also take joy in their work and this the kind of leadership your organisation needs.
Happy employees have the right attitude
Unhappy employees have a negative attitude that can permeate their work and stifle job performance and creativity.
Happy employees, on the other hand, have a positive can-do attitude that allows them to succeed at their assigned duties and to consistently perform beyond expectations.
Happiness increases productivity
Stressed-out employees are distracted employees. This can have a devastating effect on productivity.
Eliminating stress and worry can lead to an instant productivity boost. Happy employees find it easier to concentrate on their tasks for longer periods of time than unhappy employees.
Happiness encourages risk-taking
Business is not about playing it safe – you know you gotta risk it to get the biscuit. Business is about taking the right risk for the right rewards.
Happy employees are more likely to take calculated risks, while unhappy employees are more likely to play it safe because they are too scared to risk anything.
Happy employees support each other
Positive, fully engaged employees are more willing to support fellow workers and to provide positive support and encouragement for group projects.
Also, happy employees are more likely to ask for support if it is needed and this is the attitude you need your team members to have.
Happy employees are not afraid to make mistakes
A supportive and happy work environment encourages your team to learn from their mistakes rather than fear them.
Mistakes can be a powerful learning tool that can lead to unforeseen success. Workers who are afraid to make mistakes will miss important learning opportunities.
Happy employees make less mistakes
Happy people worry less about making mistakes – and consequently make fewer mistakes. When you’re happy at work the occasional mistake doesn’t bother you much. You pick yourself up, learn from it and move on.
You also don’t mind admitting to others that you screwed up – you simply take responsibility, apologise and fix it. This relaxed attitude means that less mistakes are made, and that you’re more likely to learn from them.
Happiness inspires creativity
Innovation is the lifeblood of any business, and happy employees are inspired, creative employees who will create the solutions your business needs to succeed. If your productivity depends on being able to come up with new ideas, you need to create and maintain a happy workplace for your employees.
If people are in a good mood on a given day, they are more likely to have creative ideas that day, as well as the next day, even if we take into account their mood that next day. There seems to be a cognitive process that gets set up when people are feeling good that leads to more flexible, fluent, and original thinking, and there’s actually a carryover, an incubation effect, to the next day.
People like to work with happy people
Happy workers are more willing to work together for the common good, more likely to encourage company loyalty, and more like to encourage the strong team building that is vital to your company’s success.
Happy employees also improve your employer brand, attracting more talent to your company.
Happy employees work better with others
Happy people are a lot more fun to be around and consequently have better relations at work.
This translates into better teamwork with your colleagues, better employee relations if you’re a manager, more satisfied customers if you’re in a service job and improved sales if you’re a sales person.
Happy people fix problems instead of complaining
When you don’t like your job, every molehill looks like a mountain. It becomes difficult to fix any problem without agonising over it or complaining about it first.
When you’re happy at work and you run into a small problem you just fix it and keep moving instead of dropping everything.
Happy employees get sick less often
Getting sick is a productivity killer and if you are not happy with your job you’re more prone to contract a long list of diseases including ulcers, cancer and diabetes.
You’re also more prone to workplace stress and burnout. This is another key reason why it’s important to foster a happy workplace.
Happy employees make better decisions
Unhappy people operate in permanent crisis mode. Their focus narrows, they lose sight of the big picture, their survival instincts kick in and they’re more likely to make short-term, here-and-now choices.
On the other hand, happy people make better, more informed decisions and are better able to prioritise their work even when under pressure.
Happy employees learn faster
When you’re happy and relaxed, you’re much more open to learning new things at work and thereby increasing your productivity.
If you are happy, you will feel good in everything you encounter and this is the attitude you want your employees to have in today’s environment that calls for constant learning.
You therefore need to pick a leaf from them: create and maintain a happy workplace so that your employees are always inspired to perform.