The importance of happy employees is gaining more and more traction now that many academics are researching workplace satisfaction. Beyond the general benefit of feeling good, ensuring happiness among employees is great for business sense. Della Bradshaw's recent piece on this subject covered much of the recent academic research on this topic. She quoted psychologist Prof. Scollon as saying, "Research shows that happy people earn morem money, are healthier (spend fewer days out of the office sick) [and] are more creative at problem solving." The rest of the piece has many more examples of the scientific proof behind promoting happiness in the workplace.
Continuing on the happiness trend, Marla Kaplowitz's recent piece in Adweek discussed the "Happiness Effect", or how happy employees result in happy customers. While focusing on employee happiness is relatively easy for newer businesses, as business and revenues grow, the focus tends to shift to the bottom line. She wrote, "Excellent leaders ultimately know they’ve got it right when people enjoy coming to work and feel part of a team that “gets it,” an organization where people lead, rather than manage, and everyone feels connected to a common vision and a shared goal of delivering innovative and inspired work." Employee feedback, recognition, and individual rewards are a few ways to help shift happiness to where it belongs: center stage in a company's core values.
Creating a fun office is a simple way of increasing happiness at the workplace. Miles Kohrmam provided 10 ways to make your office more fun. Ideas as simple as decorating your office, more happy hours, and communal lunch are fantastic ways to add those soft benefits that help a company offer a positive culture. Other ideas he includes are getting an office dog, group exercises, and an in-house barista. This piece is a fun read and also really helpful in providing things that your office could implement immediately.