“Are our employees happy?” may sound like the first slide in a humdrum HR PowerPoint, but in reality, the answer defines a company’s success. As Dr. Gustavo Grodnitzky writes, “culture trumps everything.”
Just how much does happiness matter? A recent university study found that happy employees work 12 percent harder, while unhappy employees are 10 percent less productive.
So how can you encourage happiness within your company? Show gratitude and think twice before emailing your employees after work (Volkswagen, Mercedes-Benz and BMW banned the practice in Germany). Evidence will soon show that happiness has a guaranteed return on investment.