6 Reasons to Promote Happiness in the Workplace

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Recent studies have shown that greater happiness equals greater productivity, lower turnover rates, and lower stagnation. This explains why employers are now quick to ensure that their workers are happy and healthy, resulting in more engaged managers and CEOs.

Here are some tactics for promoting happiness and, thus, productivity in the workplace.

Christopher B. Nelson, author of Forbes’ “Can You Buy Your Employees’ Happiness?” notes the importance of promoting socialization in the workplace. Instead of confining employees to their own corners, it is imperative to promote the building of companionships that keep employees loyal. Without such relationships, employees often see no reason to stay with the company.

Jeff Boss’s “How to Create a High Performing Culture” notes that people often receive gratification from contributing to the common good. Helping them to feel impactful and significant encourages employees to see their work as worthwhile.

Nelson notes the new trend of using employee reviews to determine whether employees are content, what makes them content, and where growth opportunities exist. According to Nelson, there is no better way to determine an employee’s level of happiness than consulting the employees themselves.

Fitness experts will be the first to note that exercise reduces stress and anxiety while promoting a sense of gratification. Qualigence International has taken advantage of this opportunity by installing an employee gym directly into the office. While organizations cannot force employees to be healthy, they can give them the opportunity to take care of themselves.


Nelson writes that, “Research shows that workers are indeed incentivized up to about $75,000. But after that, there has to be more to maintain happiness.” Ensuring employees are well paid will often increase their satisfaction with the company. As noted, there is a certain point at which this is no longer enough.

Because the new generation entering the workforce is often seen as stubborn and entitled, the concept of mentorship is often not an employer’s first thought. However, according to Don Charlton’s “The 3 Biggest Myths About Millennials,” the new generation entering the workforce desires guidance. Investing in employees through support and advice can help ensure they remain encouraged about prospects within the company.

This article is part of a series regarding Employee Happiness in the Workplace. See our articles 'Why Employee Happiness Matters' and '4 Simple Ways to Motivate your Employees' for more.

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