“Happy people make successful companies and attract talented people.”

Workplace-happiness and wellbeing at work are key in keeping your employees, your working talent, not only on board, but also focused, productive and of course happy and healthy.

It brings you:

  • Almost 20% increase of results (productivity/sales)
  • 50% less absence
  • 90% decrease personnel shift.

(bron: Prof. dr. Wilmar Schaufeli 2019)

The biggest misunderstanding is that we should always be happy. Of course we sometimes have to decide things that make us or others unhappy but the aim is to always increase happiness over time. Being happy happens when we are challenged and growing.

Experienced wellbeing is when people feel happy, motivated, engaged, energized from good relationships with colleagues to achieve objectives together.

What drives Workplace-happiness?

Happiness is seriously good for business: happy employees do a better job, happy companies make more money. So, there is a need to combine focus on results and relations. Both are equally important and both are universal psychological desires that are hardwired into us deeply, regardless of age and culture.

  1. Results. Results are the vitamins we all need to keep doing what we do. Everybody has the need to make what they do meaningful and worthwhile and do work to be proud of .
  2. Relations. Being part of a team and accepted as person, having strong work-relationships is crucial.

That’s why every leader should have a clear vision that supports employees to be a high performer in a way that is physically and mentally healthy. Managers are responsible for structures, values and processes that promote happiness at work.

Employees have the responsibility to create their own happiness and health, they have to take initiatives to work on the actions and mindset that make them happy and healthy within the framework set by the company.

We spend more of our waking hours at work than anything else, it should be something we enjoy. It’s important that everybody realizes that anyone can be happy and take action to create a culture in which it’s easy to be happy.