Influencing the happiness culture in your workplace
AUTHOR: ERIN LAFFERTY
19 March 2021
Happy employees are better employees. There is no doubt about that. And with tomorrow being International Day of Happiness, now is the best time to start thinking about how happiness affects culture, core values and the bottom line of where you work.
When we think about how happiness can influence the culture and productivity within a business, it all comes down to a few simple statistics.1
- Happy people are 31% more productive and three times more creative than others.
- Happiness improves business profitability by 147%.
- 75% of individuals leave jobs because they are unhappy with the boss rather than the job.
If we consider how happiness forms the foundation of your company culture, is it pivotal to the success of your organisation? Yes.
Can we implement a one-size-fits-all approach to building happiness at work? No. There are no short cuts, there are simply too many factors that influence each person’s happiness for such a guarantee.
Growing up, I was continually told to be happy in life – as if it was to be my end goal. I was led to believed that if I worked hard, strived for perfection, I would get there, everything will be clearer, easier, I would be…happy. I now know this is not realistic or sustainable. For me, being happy is not a constant or end state, nor is it living in complete ignorance to ‘negative’ emotions. It is about how to exist with all our emotions, while creating my own sense of happiness.
Those who know me well, will tell you that that I get a lot of happiness from my work. In the workplace, I feel joy from being able to make valuable and meaningful contributions while having a safe, respectful environment to grow and thrive in. I appreciate drivers of workplace happiness are subjective, and for others this may look very different. Over the years there has been a lot of research into happiness at work, with the following factors consistently showing up:
- Workplace autonomy and the freedom to decide.
- Task variations and scope for creative ideas
- Recognition for work
- Social support within the workplace
- Feedback from superiors
I think we all can agree that it is vital for employers to create a culture that enables happiness. There is a need to encourage an environment that enables all the above factors to show up across the workplace and one that supports the individual needs of their people.
The research is clear, happy employees lead to greater productivity and performance! And it is important for employers to understand their diverse workforce and know there is no one size fits all.
The happiest person at 4impact
4impact is a growing and changing business, therefore our people’s happiness is even more crucial during this time. John Ryan, our CEO, is often quoted as saying “you don’t have to check yourself at the door, come as your authentic self”.
Companies need to understand the diverse, and geographically dispersed nature of our workforce and support. We are proud that our initiatives contribute to our people’s happiness, including:
- Genuine flexible and remote working options allow our people to work anywhere they choose
- 4impact’s mentor program, Growth Group
- Monthly individual and team recognition
- Challenging, interesting work where our employees and consultants are treated as adults to deliver – purpose over presence.
Put this all together, and who are the happiest people in your workplace? Well research also gives us insight into this. 2
- The happiest field – Marketing and Creative
- The happiest tenure – First Year
- The happiest company size – 100-249
- The happiest age – 18-34
On that note, meet Alyssa Hughes, our Community and Engagement Lead. She is lucky enough to fall into all these categories. So we asked her, what makes her one of the happiest people at 4impact?
Increasing your happiness
If you came here looking for some tips on how to increase the happiness in your workplace, below are Alyssa’s top 9 tips she thinks you should implement right now.
International Day of Happiness might come around once a year, but you owe it to yourself to focus, respect yourself and your team, and be happy.
2 Morgeson and Humphrey, 2006