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

85388 followers

  • @beingbrilliant: Pretty much how it works https://t.co/XxMfTDrdT7

    today 7:19am

  • "Most people do not listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply" ~ Stephen R. Covey

    today 5:46am

  • @mindfuleveryday: We are defined by our actions toward others, not others' actions toward us. ~ #mindfulness

    today 11:39am

  • Our instinct is to protect our children from adversity. But facing obstacles helps them build coping skills for life https://t.co/zImIseD0wa

    today 11:31am

  • @AnaidMPA: What really matters in life?What actually makes us happy? Join me& @creatingfocus to explore course https://…

    yesterday 10:56am

  • @jameswallman: This looks good https://t.co/Nw14C2sPO7

    yesterday 10:13am

  • "If you want to be happy, stop trying to be perfect" ~ Brené Brown https://t.co/gRZBaiGK00

    yesterday 10:12am

  • @TheMensanaut: Gr8 quote from Brighton talk by @drbramwell : 'There is hope in people. Not systems. Not government. Sim…

    yesterday 1:31am

  • "To be one, to be united is a great thing. But to respect the right to be different is maybe even greater" ~ Bono https://t.co/d07uZuub6c

    yesterday 1:13am

  • It's cool to be kind https://t.co/PYAk2qyuQa

    thursday 11 feb 10:04am

follow us on twitter