Modern neuroscience and positive psychology show us that increasing your employee’s happiness will have more impact on your business than almost any other factor.

Research overwhelming confirms that happy workers have higher levels of productivity, produce higher sales, perform better in leadership positions, receive higher performance ratings, and are less likely to take sick days, to quit or to be burned out. Further, neuroscience shows us that positivity can give someone a seriously competitive edge and makes us open to creativity and to new ideas. It is interesting to note that happy CEOs are more likely to lead teams of employees who are happy and healthy.

Scientists define happiness as the experience of positive emotions, pleasure combined with deeper feelings of meaning and purpose, “the joy we feel striving after our potential”. Happiness implies a positive mood in the present and a positive outlook for the future.

So why don’t business owners put some effort into identifying ways to increase their employees’ happiness when science conclusively confirms that happy employees have the potential to significantly increase the profitability of a business?

Perhaps business owners have not had access to this information or have difficulty in working out how to apply this information in a practical way?

What we do know is that there are a number of simple, cost effective strategies business owners can introduce into their workplaces to increase their team’s happiness and at the same time to increase the Company’s productivity.

The best resolution you can make for yourself and for your business for 2013 is to spend some time exploring this issue and to apply some practical strategies to ensure your employees are happier than last year!

If you have any employment or HR queries that you would like assistance with, please contact us.

This article is intended as a point of reference and should not be relied on as a substitute for professional advice. Specialist advice should always be sought in relation to any particular circumstances and no liability will be accepted for any losses incurred by those relying solely on this article.

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