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Happiness Leads to Workplace Productivity

Did you know that happiness can lead to workplace productivity? A new study shows evidence that  happier employees are more productive employees.

In a recent study conducted in Britain by the Social Market Foundation and the University of Warwick’s Centre for Competitive Advantage in the Global Economy researchers showed a 12 percent increase in productivity when workers were given ‘happiness shocks’. In the study’s case, these happiness shocks were short breaks, snacks, or even short comedy videos.

The study, conducted with 700 people, chose individual subjects at random to receive ‘happiness shocks’ and confirmed with the subjects that they were indeed happier. Once it was confirmed the workers were happier, they were given tasks to measure productivity levels. The experiment showed that productivity increased by an average of 12%, reaching as high as 20% above the control group.  

Conversely, researchers in the study also tracked how ‘unhappy shocks’ from the real word, such as deaths, family matters and life stresses, affected the workers. The study confirmed that unhappiness and decreased productivity were linked, and in some cases the connection could have an effect on workplace productivity for up to two years.

The results of the workplace productivity study and how it relates to happiness bring up so many questions about work-life balance and workplace happiness. If workers are happier, think of how much more productive and more inspired the workplace could be? Food for thought. 

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