Post at askmen.com van Jennifer Moss, cofounder of Plasticity Labs, a technology company on a mission to give 1 billion people the tools to be happier and higher performing. She is also the author of a new book, Unlocking Happiness at Work , advising employees and leaders on how to increase happiness at work and in life.
Happiness Habits That Will Make You Thrive At Work
Numerous studies show that job stress places a significant weight on most working adults. In Great Britain, the recent labour report stated that in 2014/15, stress accounted for 35% of all work related ill health cases and 43% of all working days lost due to ill health. In 2012, there were 10.4 million days lost to stress, with the cost of ‘sick’ days totalling almost £6.5 billion. According to the American Institute of Stress(AIS), stress carries a hefty price tag for American employers. The annual cost to the industry was an estimated $300 billion as result of accidents, absenteeism, turnover, reduced productivity and direct medical, legal, and insurance costs.
This is certainly cause for concern. Rest assured – there are ways we can mitigate the increasing negative impacts of stress in our workplace. Surprisingly, it might be easier than we think. Researchers from the University of Warwick in the UK found that people who are happy at work are about 12% more productive. Shawn Anchor, author of The Happiness Advantage, has quantified the benefits of a happy company – sales increase by 37%, productivity 31%, and accuracy on tasks improves by 19%. And, of course, there’s the overall win of feeling happier as an individual and collectively within a high-performing culture.
Here are six activities to kick-start the happiness habits for a thriving workplace experience:
1. Reason Of The Week
Start a “Reason of the Week” where you and your team stand up and share why everyone is committed to doing their best work this week. Remind yourself why you do what you do, and for whom. Not only will people come up with innovative ideas – even more meaningfully – when these reasons are shared among peers, it also unifies the team while generating purpose-driven reasons to stay committed to the greater goals.
2. Thank You Emails
The habit of thanks. Before you close your laptop or sign off for the day, send out a ‘thank you’ email/tweet or text to someone for a job well done. […]
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