Study links employee happiness to performance

21-07-2006

A happy employee is a productive employee, according to the results of a new study.

The study from occupational psychology practice Pearn Kandola found that 86 per cent of employees see a direct link between their performance at work and their mood, but around 32 per cent of British employees say that they are not happy at work.

Managers' behaviour is key to employee emotional state, with 29 per cent of workers surveyed believing that their employer did not show enough interest in them, and 42 per cent stating that they did not receive enough recognition from their manager.

"I still hear senior business leaders commenting that they don't pay their employees to enjoy themselves," said Professor Binna Kandola of Pearn Kandola.

"This attitude is extremely short sighted, happy employees are able to think more creatively, be more flexible and absorb more information."

The survey found that the top five things that made employees happy at work were achieving results, good colleagues, receiving praise, undertaking challenging work and making progress.

Employers need to look at the factors which make workers unhappy, advised Professor Kandola, which were poorly performing colleagues, poor leadership, failure to achieve results and office politics.



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