Do happier people work harder?

By Posted in - Internal Communications on September 6th, 2011 0 Comments

Yesterday”s Labor Day holiday is meant to be a celebration of work. Yet, on this Labor Day, few have reason to rejoice – at least according to a recent New York Times article.

The Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index shows that Americans now feel worse about their jobs — and work environments — than ever before. People of all ages, and across income levels, are unhappy with their supervisors, apathetic about their organizations and detached from what they do.

Employee engagement may seem like a frill in a downturn economy, but it can make a big difference in a company’s survival. When people don’t care about their jobs or their employers, they don’t show up consistently, they produce less or their work quality suffers.

I”m not sure about the rest of the world, but I feel pretty lucky to be in the position I am now – especially as a first real job out of school. I not only feel appreciated and enjoy my projects, but I”m personally supported by the people I work with. And I can say with confidence these factors translate into more productive and dedicated work on my part.

If a surprising majority of American workers don”t feel the same way I do, what is everyone else”s thoughts on happiness and productivity in the workplace?

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