Is it possible to achieve happiness at work? Many studies show that yes! And that is why organizations are trying to understand how to make their employees happier. It is certainly not an easy task, since it is a feeling that manifests itself in different ways in each person, as well as being very subjective for it to be measured.
A study by Warwick University in the United Kingdom showed that happy employees can be up to 20% more productive than unsatisfied ones, in addition, the turnover rate of the organization tends to decrease.
For positive psychology, happiness can be achieved based on 5 factors:
- Positive emotion;
- Sense of life;
- Positive achievement;
- Positive relationships.
Through these points it is possible to create healthy relationships and routines that will permeate not only the professional aspect, but also the personal aspect, allowing the employee to achieve a fuller state of happiness and not just a momentary idea of joy.
In addition, the idea of purpose is also directly linked to the scope of that feeling. Working for something you believe in, achieving positive results that make sense directly impacts the employee’s sense of well-being. However, it is important to be careful, because the idea of purpose can make the employee extremely dependent on work. Research by historian and sociologist Richard Sennett has shown that individuals who see their employer as an important source of personal meaning are the ones who suffer most when they are fired, losing not only their job, but also the promise of happiness.
Some tips can help companies in their quest to explore this natural source of results that is happiness. Among them is the return for results achieved, whether in financial or personal recognition; Give autonomy and empowerment in carrying out activities and making decisions; Have a light work environment with teamwork; Propose challenges for employees, as this gives the feeling of growth and learning; And finally, but also very important, to show the employee the importance of the balance between career and personal life.
The last point mentioned needs special attention, because according to the Special Secretariat for Social Security and Labor, the number of dismissals due to professional exhaustion grew 114% in 2018, compared to the previous year, a very worrying number. For researchers Yerkes and Dodson, maintaining a certain level of stress and pressure is beneficial for productivity, however, when in excess it directly affects the results and the employee’s happiness.
Therefore, for an organization to be successful in promoting employee happiness, it is necessary to have a critical sense with the team, understand the reality of the scenario and act with thoughtful and planned actions. After all, not everything is entertainment and joy, but also does not reach the point of generating burn-out. Balance is the best medicine for personal well-being and professional results.