The Bottom Line: Employee Happiness

Just because an employee is happy, does not necessarily mean they are productive; just because an employee is productive, does not necessarily mean they are happy. Despite generation or personality type, we should always be exploring our interests and passions to pursue our own way of life inside and outside of the workplace. That being said, our happiness and employment status are very much related. Our jobs provide opportunities for us to establish connections with others, to utilize and enhance our skills, and allow us the ability to capitalize on our strengths, which ultimately permits us to find meaning in society and achieve our goals. Studies show that happy employees achieve their goals 31% more often, are 36% more motivated in their work, and strive to do the best they can to help to make their organization more successful. In return, they anticipate recognition for the efforts behind their contribution and commitment to their company. Employers who recognize the difference between a happy employee and an engaged employee often create a positive work culture that supports a more creative, productive, and resilient work force.

The latest research finds that camaraderie in the workplace trumps compensation in motivating employees to go above and beyond. Unhappy workers withhold their best efforts, whereas happy workers are often willing to help out their colleagues. In addition, when able to recognize peers for good work, employees are 107% more likely to identify themselves as highly engaged. Business performance is a direct reflection of our employee’s loyalty to the company and each other.

Successful companies reward their employees for giving extra effort, problem solving and workload assistance, volunteering, providing motivation or inspiration to others. Many turn to All Star Incentive Marketing®, a third-generation family firm, for expertise in motivating and rewarding their workforce in meaningful ways, by developing dynamic incentive and recognition programs that drive employee motivation, sales, safety, and wellness.

Kristie Galonek

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