What really makes employees happy at work?

What really makes employees happy at work?

via Inc.com by Sonia Thompson

In the book The Happiness Advantage, author Shawn Achor laid out an abundance of scientific evidence proving that “happiness is the precursor to success, not merely the result.” The research shows that happiness among employees fuels performance and achievement, resulting in a competitive edge many companies crave.

But although the data points to why cultivating a happy culture is a smart growth strategy, many businesses struggle with how to do so. As a result, far too many companies end up with a workforce that is disengaged and draining more value than they are contributing. No bueno.

Thankfully, one company did the work to give you some insights on what employees need most to feel happy at work, as well as how to deliver on that feedback.

What really makes employees happy at work

Dapulse, creators of a workplace collaboration tool designed to help teams operate within a culture of transparency, conducted a survey of 10,000 of its users. In their research, they asked a simple question:

What makes you happy at work?

Leah Walters, head of communications at Dapulse, gave some insight into the findings:

“Of the eight attributes that we offered people to ‘rank the order of what makes you happiest,’ salary came last. It came last amongst the manager section, and it came last among general working employees…Of course, there’s this certain amount of money that people need to survive, and that’s very important, but beyond that, people are looking for different kinds of things.”

She noted that the attributes that rose to the top of what drove employee happiness was working for a company that was best in its field, supported innovation, and had the kind of culture that they wanted to work in.

Company culture, their data noted, is rising to the top as a reason why employees love going to work each day. And increasingly, businesses are working to incorporate attractive perks that help contribute to positive culture…

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