There are a number of reasons why employees may be unhappy with their jobs. Whether it’s too much work, lack of training, inadequate staffing or poor management, statistics have shown that employees who are dissatisfied with their jobs are less productive and can have a negative impact on their organization’s bottom line. To the contrary, an engaged employee is a happy employee, and a happy employee produces more work and of a higher quality. Here are 10 reasons why happy employees make more productive employees.
Happy People Work Well With Others
Employees who are happy about their jobs are easier to be around and form better relationships with their colleagues and managers. This means better teamwork, improved customer satisfaction and increased sales.
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Happy People Don’t Complain About Problems, They Fix Them
When you’re unhappy with your job, even small issues can seem like disasters. Happy employees are more likely to jump in and fix a problem that they come across, instead of just complaining about it.
Happy People are More Motivated
Employees that are unhappy are rarely motivated to go above and beyond at work. Conversely, workers who enjoy their jobs tend to take the initiative to accomplish as much as possible, each and every day.
Happy People Learn Faster
We’ve already talked about the role that adequate training plays in the overall productivity of your workforce, but in order for that training to be effective, your employees must be susceptible to it. In general, happy people tend to be fast learners, allowing you maximize your training efforts.
Happy People Get Sick Less Often
Employee absenteeism is a real problem for any organization. People who are happy are less likely to call in sick because they’re generally healthier than unhappy people.
Happy People are More Optimistic
The old “glass is half full” theory is true, even in the workplace. In fact, according to research conducted by Martin Seligman, optimists are more productive and more successful at work because they have a “can-do” attitude.
Happy People Have More Energy
Energy equates to efficiency, so the more satisfied your employees are, the more efficient and productive they’ll be.
Happy People are More Creative
Want to get the most out of your meetings and employee brainstorming sessions? Ask your satisfied employees. The happier a person is, the more creative they are and the more likely they are to think outside the box to come up with innovative ideas.
Happy People Make Better Decisions
When someone is unhappy, it can be easy to lose sight of the big picture, which can lead to poor decision making. On the contrary, someone who is happy is more likely to take a step back and make long-term, informed decisions that will positively affect the organization as a whole.
Happy People Make Fewer Mistakes
When you’re less worried about making a mistake, you’re more relaxed and productive. Happy employees don’t worry so much about committing blunders, and consequently this results in fewer actual mistakes.
So how can you ensure that your workers are happy and satisfied with their jobs and work environment? Provide them with the tools they need to accomplish their jobs efficiently and successfully. In particular, these tools include training and technology, which can make your employees’ jobs easier and more enjoyable. The more you do to improve employee satisfaction, the more you’ll increase the overall productivity of your organization.
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