Everyone wants to “love” or at least “like” their job and place of employment. Happiness at work benefits both the employee and employer. Research shows that happy employees are less likely to take sick days, are more productive, and more engaged in their work. Higher productivity and employee engagement usually leads to an increase in sales and profits for a company. Happiness at work is really a win/win situation for the employer and employee yet research shows that 52%+ of Americans are unhappy at work. How do you feel about your job or employer? Are you looking for ways to increase your happiness at work? Here are 5 of the top reasons people report feeling happy at work.
1 – They feel appreciated. Everyone wants to feel valued at work. Recognizing someone’s hard work and effort is one of the easiest ways to increase happiness in the workplace. No one wants to go to work every day feeling unappreciated and undervalued. Why would you put in the extra effort if you don’t think anyone will notice or care? Showing appreciation is a free, easy way to increase happiness and productivity in the workplace.
2 – Have the freedom to take risks. People respond positively to work environments in which they are able to make their own decisions and take risks. People report feeling more engaged, motivated, and happy in environments that encourage independent thought and risk taking. Stiff, structured environments that take away an employee’s autonomy often result in higher dissatisfaction at work.
3 – Held to realistic goals. Setting realistic goals is critical in ensuring happiness and productivity in the workplace. Unachievable goals often cause people to feel demotivated and demoralized. This leads to a decline in productivity, results, and happiness in the workplace. A lot of companies have moved away from unobtainable goals and instead focus on SMART goals to drive employee engagement and results. SMART stands for specific, measurable, assignable, realistic, and time based.
4 – Have friends at the office. How you feel about the people that you spend time with at work can have a huge impact on your level of happiness at work. You are more like to feel happy at work when you are surrounded by people that you like and enjoy spending time with. According to research, 70% of people feel that having a friend at work makes the biggest impact on their work life. Working besides people that you don’t like or trust can have a negative impact on your happiness and productivity.
5 - Receive fair pay. Unfair compensation continues to be one of the main reasons that people do not feel happy at work. Both men and women report feeling underpaid in their fields however woman typically only make 80% of what men are paid. People that feel as though they are being fairly compensated for their work are more inclined to feel happy and motivated at the workplace.
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