Why Happiness Improves Employee Performance
Employee wellbeing can have a significant influence on performance. A recent study by Engage for Success has revealed that employees with a high level of wellbeing were around 35% more attached to their organisations. Not only that, but last year, stress accounted for 35% of work-related ill health, losing workforces 43% of their working days.
A team of sunny employees doesn’t just mean improved health. Here are even more reasons why happiness improves employee performance.
Better mental health
Work stress has become an all-too-common occurrence. In the worst case scenario, it can even morph into an anxiety disorder or depression. Not only can these conditions lead to absence from work but, when affected employees are present, their concentration can be seriously depleted.
It makes sense, then, that the happier your workforce is, the higher their concentration will be, and with it, their productivity. Stressed members of staff are rarely in a position to work at capacity.
Fewer sick days
While you can’t avoid to have employees being struck down by things like colds, taking action to improve their mood could greatly reduce sick days. As mentioned earlier, a worrying 43% of work days were lost to stress last year, showing just how vital employee happiness can be to overall performance.
To help boost your workforce’s wellbeing, you could offer free, healthy snacks each day, invite a masseuse to your workplace once a month, or even secure discounts for yoga classes.
An incentive to work hard
Happy employees are usually happy for a reason, whether that reason be a manageable workload, office perks or a positive working environment. Things like discounted gym memberships, complimentary snacks and team-building days can all make employees feel rewarded for their hard work, and therefore, in many cases, more inclined to work hard.
Feeling valued is something that a vast number of employees consider important to their job. After all, would you want to perform at your very best if you felt like your work went unnoticed?
A boost in concentration
You can’t deny that we all tend to perform better at work with a clear head. It could make sense, then, that stressed or unhappy employees have too much on their mind to reach their full working potential.
Looming deadlines, an unmanageable workload, an unsteady work-life balance: these are all things that can plague us throughout the working day. As an employer, helping to resolve these problems could take a huge weight of your employees’ minds, allowing them to focus on their work.
Passion for the job
Ultimately, employees who perform at their very best have a real passion for their job. They’re more likely to want to work hard, see results, and make their employer proud. Happy members of staff take pride in their work and enjoy doing it, so, by extension, wouldn’t disconnected employees be less inclined to push themselves?
The main thing to bear in mind - when making steps to improve staff wellbeing - is that what works for one business’ employees mightn’t necessarily work for another’s.
By taking inspiration from the suggestions above, you could find employee performance taking a concerted leap forward. A happy, healthy and passionate workforce can make all the difference.
This article was first published on December 3rd 2015.
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