X
JOIN US

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

join

news

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

tags

Action for Happiness

89104 followers

  • @DandelionGsy: #TEDx Talk "The 10 Keys to Happier Living" by Vanessa King 👉 https://t.co/kAN34lJ8IV #Guernsey https:…

    today 3:50am

  • @PositiveNewsUK: Look out for Positive News at the May 9 event: Positive Psychology with Martin Seligman. Tickets at ht…

    today 3:50am

  • Simple ways to boost your energy: pace yourself, fuel up wisely, recharge with a walk or nap https://t.co/4SkogpjGue https://t.co/CmksCJYdmA

    today 3:49am

  • Simple ways to boost your energy: pace yourself, skip most supplements, fuel up wisely, take a walk or nap https://t.co/G0kQWkEE2W

    today 3:46am

  • Ideas for a happier life: prioritise (rather than chasing) happiness, avoid blame and comparison, trust people https://t.co/HiTXmusfxW

    today 11:07am

  • @MinersPromise: We love these ideas…. https://t.co/q0WeG5xlKk

    today 10:06am

  • @AgeingBetter: When you arise in the morning,think what a precious privilege it is to be alive MarcusAurelius via https…

    today 10:04am

  • @Colchaclothing: is my life purpose?" a fun and interactive workshop near Brixton this Thurs: https://t.co/Jc3kQSc…

    today 10:04am

  • Believe you can and you're halfway there https://t.co/igGaKSynub

    yesterday 11:03am

  • @thebookballoon: Photographed recently in the Hutong district of Beijing on an @UsborneBAH trip @beingbrilliant https:/…

    yesterday 10:30am

follow us on twitter