The Latest Findings In Employee Happiness

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The growing focus and data on employee happiness have made businesses take serious action steps toward actionable employee engagement strategies. Here’s a quick overview of some of the latest findings in employee happiness.

1. PROSOCIAL INCENTIVES INCREASE EMPLOYEE SATISFACTION AND TEAM PERFORMANCE

Giving does make you happier. Employers who capitalized on this key happiness driver reached promising results.

This study by Michael I. Norton & Lalin Anik (Harvard Business School), Lara B. Aknin & Elizabeth W. Dunn (University of British Columbia) and Jordi Quoidbach (University of Liège) shows how prosocial incentives help increase happiness at work. You can find the full study here.

STUDY RESULTS

Prosocial incentives, in the form of donations to charity, lead to happier and more satisfied employees. Furthermore, prosocial incentives, in the form of expenditures on teammates, lead to better performance in both sales teams and sports teams.

The study discovered that face-to-face giving has a larger impact on people’s happiness than giving at a distance: the closer the link between giver and receiver, the bigger the benefits.

“We suggest that rather than force employees to make a losing tradeoff between social life and work life, employers can coopt this tradeoff and focus instead on using prosocial incentives to create a more altruistic, satisfying, and efficient workplace.”

2. 81% OF SMALL BUSINESS EMPLOYEES ARE SATISFIED WITH THEIR JOBS

A recent online survey conducted by The GfK Group for GFI Software focused on employee job satisfaction in US small businesses.

STUDY RESULTS

What they found out is that 81% of small business employees are satisfied with their jobs. This percentage is higher than the 68 percent of all full-time US employees surveyed in a Rutgers University Heidrich Center for Workforce Development study of January 2013.

They also took a look into management practices, as a job satisfaction indicator. Six in 10 employees gave their management team an A or B, with only 3 percent giving a failing grade to their bosses. Here’s a great infographic on this study.

3. U.S. WORKERS GENERALLY LIKE THEIR JOBS, BUT BELIEVE THERE IS ROOM FOR IMPROVEMENT; CANADIAN WORKERS ARE THE MOST CONTENT, FOLLOWED BY THE DUTCH

Another study by GfK, this time with Monster.com, follows the international work attitude gap, comparing country-level job satisfaction…

Source: Blog – Hppy

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