A recent study developed in Japan by the Keio University of Tokyo showed that Happiness improves productivity. This study highlights 4 factors that are directly correlated to happiness in the workplace: self-realization and growth, connection and gratitude, a sense of optimism, and independence.

A recent study developed in Japan by the Keio University of Tokyo showed that Happiness improves productivity. This study highlights 4 factors that are directly correlated to happiness in the workplace: self-realization and growth, connection and gratitude, a sense of optimism, and independence.

A stressor factor is a structure still used in many companies in a top-down pyramidal design. This is actually defined as an unhappiness factor that no matter how well it worked on the post war society now is defined as a liability in the present society with all the peculiar needs and desires.

“Employees working at hierarchical organizations often have little autonomy over what they do at work because they are expected to do only the things ordered by their bosses,” says the author Takashi Maeno. on the other hand, happy employees are willing to go beyond the call of duty to pursue innovative ideas. “People aren’t bothered by long work hours if they are happy about their jobs,” the professor said.

This should be included in present reforms being made to work law that can have a high impact on worker happiness and hence in their productivity.

Not only happiness affects the worker's productivity. The tiredness level also has a very high impact as referred in another research that involved 1.123 workers in the UK.

As this study reveals, over a third of workers are struggling to get a good night’s sleep because of their job. These struggling workers refer the difficulty in winding down after a stressful day as one of the main reasons for sleeplessness, followed by job worries, early starts and late-night working.

Mike Blake, a director at Willis Towers Watson Health & Benefits, said: “The work environment is no longer confined to the office, with the stress of heavy workloads creeping into home life.”
About 65 per cent of workers refer that fatigue has become a bigger workplace problem over the past five years. Recent research revealed that just 17 per cent of employers proactively educate their employees on the effect of sleep on general well-being, and even less actively manage fatigue levels to improve productivity and avoid burnout situations.

alt

Nowadays, intense work life it has become important to work with the teams to manage fatigue levels so that productivity goes up. And this doesn’t limit to managing fatigue, it also implies fostering a happier and psychologically safer workplace.

Sources: