A huge project on this subject was started by Zappos.com CEO Tony Hsieh, who has developed an extremely lucrative business by following the happiness model.
But not everyone is onboard yet says James Lim with Delivering Happiness at Work. "One of the things that we noticed in many of our conversations with CEOs and executives is that they thought happiness, is, well, fluffy." And fluffy doesn't bring in profits they think. But Lim cites a large survey that found happy employees average much higher productivity, sales and creativity, which in Zappos.com case has led to a billion dollars in sales annually.
The Delivering Happiness at Work website directly addresses employers and says, "Happier people are more productive. A very modest 1% increase in productivity would benefit you. Happier people are healthier people. A decrease in sickness absence by just 1 day per employee would benefit you. Happier employees don't leave as often. Just a 10% reduction in staff turnover would benefit you."
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Lim says it finds those who work for a company with fewer than 100 employees tend to be happier, as do older or skilled workers, and managers are happier than those being supervised.
There are four elements for job satisfaction, Lim says, including "The number and depth of your relationships at work. The other is a sense of progress." Also important he says, how much control you have over your own destiny on the job, and finally do you have a higher sense of purpose at work.