"Some firms say they care about the well-being and “happiness” of their employees. But are such claims hype or scientific good sense? We provide evidence, for a classic piece rate setting, that happiness
makes people more productive."
This rigorously academic study, showed employee happiness predicted a 10-12% increase in productivity across three different styles of experiment. The opposite proved true as well.
Self-reflection, introspection and some degree of solitude are important parts of a psychologically healthy life. But somewhere along the line we seem to have gotten the balance wrong. Because far from confirming our insistence that “happiness comes from within,” a wide body of research tells us almost the exact opposite."
Time use studies show the average person spends little more than 30 minutes a day communicating and socializing! We are eating alone more, attending fewer social events, and "hanging out" virtually rather than face to face.
Yet we know good social relationships are essential to both happiness and our health. And we know having friends at work is an important factor in employee engagement.
What are you doing to encourage human connectedness?