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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
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
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.
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