Happiness at work
Monitoring the mental health and well-being of workers, and attempting to manage stress factors, is crucial for any workplace. The well-being and happiness of an organisation’s employees is in everyone’s best interest. Not only is it important for employees to feel good at work for it’s personal attributes including:
But an employee’s mental health directly correlated with their productivity, which in turn can affect their quality of work and the business.
Every workplace can have any given number of stress factors, which if approached correctly, can significantly reduce the impact of their effect on an employee’s happiness and well-being. Some of the stress factors workers are exposed to include:
Managing these stress factors begins with providing a safe, fair and supportive work environment for all employees. Any workplace should work at reducing the possibility of these stress factors at all times. To do so, consider the following:
Signs of Stress:
Despite an organisation or employer’s attempts to manage stress factors, in environments with many workers it isn’t always easy to control each worker’s personal experience. For this reason, supervisors, management and even co-workers should be encouraged to look out for one another and create a positive environment. Learning how to notice and manage the signs of stress can help to do so.
Signs of stress may be expressed in areas of:
If stress persists, there can be more permanent health damages occurring to the mind and body. Long term depression and anxiety can occur, as can the development of heart or respiratory problems brought on by stress.
The significance of happiness in the workplace:
The importance of monitoring employees mental health and striving for happiness in the workplace is significant for both employees and employers. For employees, happiness in the workplace can come down to:
And can ensure an overall better quality of life for the employee. For the employer and organisation, it comes down to productivity and a harmonious working environment.
Simply put, people who are happy and engaged with their work, contribute more to the workplace. They’re overall more efficient, focused productive and willing to work, which in turn is better for the business. Happy workers also contribute to a happy and productive group environment, positivity is contagious.