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!