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Happiness increases Productivity


Chris Gulliver

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Common sense? You would think so, but we are often so driven by targets and output, we tend to overlook staff satisfaction. After family, work is the second most important factor affecting people’s happiness. Chris Gulliver of LeaderShape explains how you can put the pleasure back in to work.

A major slice of the average full time employee’s waking life is spent at work – if you are not in the office, you are often thinking about projects, situations or problems connected with your job. Many managers can be ‘too busy’ to regularly enquire or care whether their employees are actually enjoying their role within the business, but happiness affects productivity, so ignoring the issue is at a cost to the business.

Richard Reeves, described by The Guardian as ‘Britain’s leading expert on workplace trends’, and author of the much-publicised Happy Monday’s – putting pleasure back into work, explains his new charter to improve happiness at work:

  • Autonomy – offering employees greater power at work
  • Community – partaking in social activities in the workplace
  • Purpose – understanding how their job fits into the bigger picture.
  • Learning – developing new knowledge
  • Time sovereignty – managing their own time
  • Voice – feeling involved

Motivation is also key to happiness and thus productivity. Examine your own motivational drivers as a basis to understanding others. Only by understanding the mindset of others can you unlock what actually motivates them.

Managers do indeed have time pressures and may not always be equipped to provide the advice and support that their team needs. A team is made up of people with different emotional and learning needs – what is important is that the manager has the support from the business so that he or she can get assistance when it’s required.

Being a socially responsible company makes good business sense. As recently featured in People Management, recent collaborative research carried out by the Ashridge Centre for Business and Society and the European Academy of Business in Society (Eabis) concluded that companies are beginning to respond to the growing social and environmental challenges facing society. An important element of this is the way managers and leaders are developed.

If you genuinely care for the happiness and wellbeing of your staff, their development as people as well as their role within the business; contributions and productivity will increase. Coaching is important in an overall strategy for developing people that are happy in their work.

About the Author

Chris Gulliver is a Director of LeaderShape Ltd. As a director of LeaderShape Ltd and currently coaches and mentors chief executives and their top teams, either individually or in peer groups. Chris is also a UK Director of the European Mentoring & Coaching Council. Visit for more details.

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Article Published/Sorted/Amended on Scopulus 2010-01-14 14:17:07 in Employee Articles

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