This is a guest blog post written by Kerstin Stokes.
Many of us are raised with the ideas that work isn’t supposed to be enjoyable. You are supposed to go in, punch a clock, and go home at the end of the day after desperately waiting for 5. But this doesn’t have to be the case! You can love your job, and studies have shown that there are actual benefits to being satisfied while at your job. Below is a list of some of the major benefits you get from being happy at your job, and why you should strive to either improve your current job situation, or find a better job with happier employees.
You Make the Company More Successful. One of the best ways to determine if a company is successful is to look at its employee happiness and retention. When employees feel that the company takes their interests to heart, then employees work harder and better for the company. Every year companies lose around $50 billion dollars from unproductive and ineffective employees, which is why now more than ever they are looking for talented and skilled workers. Unproductive employees = unhappy company. Research shows that happy employees actually have a 31% higher productivity and preform +20% better than their unhappier counterparts.
Happy People Are Better Decision Makers. People who are operating in permanent crisis mode and are unhappy tend to make decisions that are not good. Those who are less worried about making mistakes tend to make better decisions that are more long term and focus on the big picture. Those who are happy tend maximize their decisions and want the very best, instead of just settling for something that is good enough. Those who make decisions going for the best tend to also achieve goals faster, interact better with colleagues and bosses, and even get promoted more.
You Have Less Stress. Hopefully it doesn’t come as a surprise that those who are less stressed, worried, and angry are more likely to be productive. For those that get to use their strengths in the workplace, the more likely they are to have energy, feel well rested, and are happy. Ohio University made an infographic off of the research they did that stated the more hours a day that people get to use their strengths, the less likely they are to report experiencing negative emotions. When looking for a job or if you are at a current job, make sure you get to meet employees and ask them questions about the environment, as well as potentially come up with ideas to improve employee happiness.
Improved Health. As mentioned before, those who are happy in the workplace are more likely to rest better and have more energy. Large amounts of stress can have a large variety of side effects when it comes to stress including body pain, difficulty sleeping, and even social withdrawal and drug/alcohol abuse. Studies have also showed that stress can even cause large amounts of weight gain, and around 50% of Americans have gained weight while at their jobs. When you are less stressed, you have a higher ability to take control of your health more so than other people. Happier people also get sick less often because their immune systems are stronger than those who are stressed, making it so you can miss less work days.
Overall, being happy and satisfied at your job is one of the best benefits you can give yourself. Not only will you be successful at what you do, you will also have better health and wellness. If you are feeling good at your job, or you are looking for a job where the employees are happy and satisfied, rock on! If not, you might want to consider looking for a different company to work for, or suggest potential improvements.