Happiness Pays a Dividend

Shawn Achor at Harvard Business Review wrote a nice piece on WHY employee happiness is important for business (hint, it’s not a nice to have, it’s a must have), as well as HOW it can be taught. Here is the money quote:
the single greatest advantage in the modern economy is a happy and engaged workforce. A decade of research proves that happiness raises nearly every business and educational outcome: raising sales by 37%, productivity by 31%, and accuracy on tasks by 19%, as well as a myriad of health and quality of life improvements.
Hard to argue with that, and it feels better too. The good news, Happiness can be taught and learned, it is not determined by external factors, it’s a choice, it’s a practice, it’s a habit, and you and your employees can do it too. Here are some of Shawn’s concrete suggestions. You’ll notice they are all simple, free, and don’t take much time or effort.
  • Write down three new things you are grateful for each day;
  • Write for 2 minutes a day describing one positive experience you had over the past 24 hours;
  • Exercise for 10 minutes a day;
  • Meditate for 2 minutes, focusing on your breath going in and out;
  • Write one, quick email first thing in the morning thanking or praising a member on your team.
This is not rocket science, people, there is no excuse for being miserable here!

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Dave is trained at the Coaches Training Institute and certified by the International Coaching Federation. He has worked with dozens of clients to achieve remarkable results, including revenue growth, clearer strategic direction, enhanced leadership, and promotions to positions of greater responsibility. You can learn more about him at www.DarkMatterConsulting.com or follow him at @DarkMatterCon,  FaceBook.com/DarkMatterConsulting or GooglePlus.

4 Comments to “Happiness Pays a Dividend”

  1. darkmatt says:

    Happiness is a choice, it’s really that simple. Try it and post your results here!

  2. Mindy Wallis says:

    These are good suggestions but most of them put the onus on the employee and not the employer. What can an employer do to make sure employees are happy?

    - Ask them for input on how their dept./the company is run
    - Reward new ideas
    - Give them opportunities to learn new things
    - Give them a chance to give non-confrontational feedback on their bosses/co-workers
    - Give them the time and space to exercise, meditate, etc.
    - Allow them flextime
    - Give them opportunities to give back to the community

  3. darkmatt says:

    Great question! First, the things you mention are great, and the best companies in the world do many of them. Also, the company can train and reinforce the items mentioned in the article.

  4. arindam says:

    I really agree with Mindy Wallis. Employer is responsible in creating a proper environment. Employer need to take care of their people first.

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