5 Reasons Why Happy Employees Are More Productive


I believe that every employer strives to have productive employees. The most effective way to improve productivity at work is to satisfy employees. Here are 5 reasons why happy employees are more productive:

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None of the systems, tools or methods available out there can be compared with the level of productivity that can be obtained if employees honestly enjoy their work and are happy in the company they work for.

Employee satisfaction is one of the most important preconditions for long-term success of the company's business, which directly reflects the quality of its products and services, and therefore the results of its operations.

It is obvious that there is a correlation between employee satisfaction and productivity. Moreover, not only is there a connection, but it is two-way: happy employees are more productive, and productivity makes us happy.

Did you know that, according to one study, satisfied employees are:

  • Two times more productive
  • Five times more likely to remain longer at work
  • Six times more energetic
  • Taking sick days ten times less
  • Help their fellow 33% more than their colleagues who are less happy
  • Raise questions about the results of work 46% more often
  • Achieve their goals as much as 31% more often
  • Are 36% more motivated

Organisations can lose up to 100 working days per year for every "unhappy" employee they have...

How to Know if Employees Are Really Happy?

If you want to motivate, increase employee productivity and improve your company's working atmosphere, the first you have to understand how happy your employees really are. A survey is a good first step to understanding if your employees are really happy. The results will also help you discover areas in which you could increase the satisfaction of your employees.

Why employee satisfaction is the key to better productivity

Here are 5 reasons why employee satisfaction or happy employees are the key to better productivity:

1. Satisfied employees are less concerned when they make a mistake, therefore make fewer mistakes

People learn from mistakes, and those employees who are satisfied, tend to be less concerned when they make a mistake particularly if the culture is one of learning from mistakes. They simply accept it, learn how and what needs to be done in future and move on. Less time spent dwelling on mistakes, more time learning = more productive and better future results.

Recommended reading: Simple Things to Create a Productive Environment For Your Business

2. Satisfied employees make better decisions

When people are unhappy, they work in a constant state of tension. This reduces their focus, they do not see the "big" picture, and make quick and often wrong decisions.

In contrast, happy employees make better decisions because they are well informed, and make an effort to learn more about the ultimate goal of their work.

3. Satisfied employees seek solutions to problems rather than complain about them

When you are not happy at work, every obstacle you encounter feels like a huge mountain. It is normal to whine, but people who are satisfied and happy at work, first think about how to solve the problem rather than just complain. 

4. Satisfied, positive people get along better with the people around them

It is easier to work with happy, and engaged people. This immediately brings several positive things in the office: better teamwork, improved communication, more satisfied customers, and better sales results.

5. Satisfied employees are more creative

If people are happy and in a good mood, there are more chances to be creative that day. Satisfaction make us more flexible, and inventive.

Recommended reading: How Not to Kill Your Employees’ Motivation

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