Thursday, March 27, 2014

We work harder when we are happy, new study shows

Happiness makes people more productive at work, according to research.

Happiness makes people more productive at work, according to the latest research from the University of Warwick. Economists carried out a number of experiments to test the idea that happy employees work harder. In the laboratory, they found happiness made people around 12% more productive.

The study included four different experiments with more than 700 participants.  During the experiments a number of the participants were either shown a comedy movie clip or treated to free chocolate, drinks and fruit. Others were questioned about recent family tragedies, such as bereavements, to assess whether lower levels of happiness were later associated with lower levels of productivity.

Companies like Google have invested more in employee support and employee satisfaction has risen as a result. For Google, it rose by 37%. Under scientifically controlled conditions, making workers happier really pays off.

The driving force seems to be that happier workers use the time they have more effectively, increasing the pace at which they can work without sacrificing quality.

The research had implications for employers and promotion policies.

The scientific article online at: 

March 20, 2014
Source: University of Warwick

Are you smiling with happiness today?
Natalia Levis-Fox

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