Happiness At Workplace

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Work is an important aspect of most people’s lives. They perform work in exchange for monetary rewards, for example a salary, and non monetary rewards, for example psychological fulfillment. The nature of work itself is described as “the actual content of the job or work characteristics” (Benrazavi & Silong, 2013, P. 129). As the work environment changes, with the internationalization of business, new technologies, and new organizational practices, so does the nature of work. Today, there is no doubt that happiness at the workplace is important to the employees but to the employers as well (Fisher, 2010). Enhancing happiness at the workplace is a challenge for maximizing organizational productivity. Happiness at the workplace can be described…show more content…
For example, Fortune magazine has its annual list of “100 best companies to work for.” The American Psychological Association also offers awards to psychologically healthy workplaces each year. Firms are able to enhance their employee happiness with professional development, employee recognition practices, healthcare benefits, and free employee assistance programs (Hartwell et al., 1996). Human resources managers can monitor employee well being through surveys and publicly emphasize their commitments to employee happiness. Some causes of happiness at the workplace can be one’s salary, being respected by colleagues, having the right tools to carry out their duties, knowing what their goals are, and smaller things such as free meals or daycare. When employees are happier and healthier, it increases their efforts, contributions, and productivity (Fisher, 2003). Employee well being also has a significant impact on the overall survival of organizations because it decreases costs related to illness, healthcare, absenteeism, and turnover (Danna & Griffin, 1999). Today, many experts are trying to convince business leaders that happiness is very…show more content…
It has been found that people who have well paid jobs are generally happier and more satisfied with their job and overall life. Jobs that involve health and safety risks are generally associated with lower levels of happiness. But other aspects such as work life balance, job variety, and level of autonomy strongly influence well being. Many studies have proven that individuals do not adapt over time to being unemployed, there can even be scarring effects. Even if individuals gain employment after being unemployed, they can be scared of losing their job once again. High unemployment even has some spill over effects that negatively affects everyone, even those who are employed. The results of high unemployment can be seen at the individual level but also the macroeconomic level, meaning that national unemployment correlates negatively with the national

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