Would you like to be part of creating a happier and more caring society? If so please join our movement, add your pledge and take action - at home, at school, at work or in your community. Together we can make a difference

I will try to create more happiness and less unhappiness in the world around me



news rss feed rss logo

The business case for happiness at work

28 Jul 2010 | Psychology Today

Last week I met someone I'd coached a few years ago for a catch-up dinner. Her face was glowing and she was radiating enthusiasm and energy. Her organization had been through a very tough time with job losses, new management, high levels of uncertainty. And she had been given lots of new challenges to deal with, responsibilities and in areas she'd had little knowledge of. She was loving it all and told me that she was incredibly happy at work.

But what is the general effect that supposedly post-recessionary times are having on happiness and productivity?

At iOpener the research and consulting company I run, we've been collecting data about happiness at work and productivity since before the recession started. So we can compare some before, during and after recession numbers, all of which are really interesting.

One of the main ways we measure the effect of happiness at work is by looking at time people spend on task - or doing what they're there to do. Before the recession, people who were really happy at work reported that they spent 78% of their day on task. The rest was taken up by sorting diaries, doing mundane stuff like waiting on calls, for frozen screens - the kind of thing that gets in the way of real work. In contrast people who were most unhappy at work said that they spent only 53% of their time on task. That's a 25% difference between both groups.

Read article here


Action for Happiness


  • "Live so that when your children think of fairness, caring and integrity, they think of you" ~ H. Jackson Brown

    today 1:38pm

  • Ask your friends & family how they're doing & don't be afraid to ask again if they say they're ok but don't seem it https://t.co/FriW7dDxrH

    yesterday 10:47am

  • @WeAreKasoby: Our mission is to make a happier world, one Mana Journal at a time! Please RETWEET our Kickstarter! https…

    yesterday 10:33am

  • @happystartups: Appropriate topic for this week's session on the course. What small things can we do? https://t.co/KtaC…

    yesterday 10:33am

  • @chloe_cbd: If you can attend this event, book now! #resilience #happiness #wellbeing https://t.co/BKl6VaBCdv

    yesterday 4:33am

  • Things don’t always happen for the best, but we can always try to make the best of the things that happen

    yesterday 4:32am

  • Good news: there are things we can do to build our resilience and wellbeing http:///brian-marien.eventbrite.co.uk https://t.co/jA3vAJ7kJW

    yesterday 2:35am

  • Please help our friends @meridian_trust to continue their wonderful work filming the Dalai Lama #CamerasforKarma https://t.co/pKnLj4zLiw

    yesterday 12:52pm

  • Mindful Movement and Kindfulness are part of #WelcomeHome - a Festival of Arts & Wellbeing! https://t.co/mb67jdJEvn https://t.co/fgoNUj61vL

    yesterday 12:23pm

  • Rather than continually self-criticising, learn to treat yourself as you would a good friend https://t.co/ndkqbyqAcz https://t.co/k7JbJKeq5V

    yesterday 11:17am

follow us on twitter