Keys to Measuring Happiness at Work

Happiness is increasingly regarded as the primary performance indicator of a truly successful organisation. Hence it is important to first assess happiness to enhance productivity. Yes, happiness can indeed be measured now, and it serves as an important tool for the overall growth of an organisation – also improving the work culture by identifying the problems and strengths.

Mapping Happiness

To measure happiness and to determine the well-being of an employee, various aspects need to be tracked such as:

  • Health
  • Confidence
  • Sense of Purpose
  • Self-Esteem
  • Financial Status
  • Job Satisfaction

It is important to find criteria relevant to your workplace while tracking employee happiness. Organisations can then run surveys to understand the level of happiness. This provides valuable data and insights, into negative and positive emotions. They can analyse employee participation, engagement, and employee turnover – all metrics that can be correlated to happiness.

Happiness leaves an impact both on the employee and the organisation as well. Most industrialised nations have begun to include happiness as a specific parameter to quantify their overall growth, as well as, achieving healthy team building and support.

Thus, scientifically measuring happiness helps find ways to improve the well-being of the individual and organisation. It then helps the organisation draw connections to various initiatives conducted for the betterment of the individual at work; many of which can help alleviate negative feelings. This approach helps to propagate a positive and flourishing culture within society too.

Tapping and Nurturing Talent

Various events are thrown to add a fun element to the workplace. Such events create an ambiance where an employee can de-stress from the rigours of work. Conditions where employees are constantly working under pressure to prove themselves can be detrimental to their mental state, as also, affect the overall output of the organisation as a result. Hence, it is important for employees to be able to decompress at the workplace too – through fun, creative events and initiatives, which in turn lead to bonding between members into a cohesive team, while also meeting some of their socialisation needs.

Experiential events at the workplace can usually showcase hidden talents; and reveal different aspects of an employee’s personality, leading to a better understanding of people. Diverse interests and abilities need to be nurtured, which then promotes the creative growth of the brand as well. A creative mindset in an organisation is bound to witnesses flourishing talent in the long run. It motivates employees to pursue their goals.

Happiness at work adds immense value to an organisation – making it a conducive to a constructive and thriving environment. This feature also attracts potential employees, who want to be part of a happy place to work.

Gauging happiness

Happiness is multi-dimensional. Therefore, efforts should be made in finding the right ways to measure happiness. A workplace should be able to define the metrics of measurement. The metrics can vary depending on the type of employees, industry, and given situation within each workplace. The data that is yielded after measurement provides a roadmap for an organisation to enhance the happiness culture within the workplace.

When an organisation grows, managerial decisions can become stringent, with consequences having greater significance. Such situations can often lead employees to quit their jobs as they find it difficult to meet new challenges. Learning to overcome challenges is an essential prerequisite in attaining and sustaining happiness. Hence, successful organisations always rise to the needs of their people and learn how to retain their best employees, while helping them deal with challenges in a positive way.

By adopting good methods and strategies, organisations can build a happy work culture over time - strengthening the workforce, leadership qualities and commitment to work.

Happiness at work influences the physical, economic, and social growth of society at large and the nation too. The practice of kindness and empathy in the work culture too, can help shape our future as a positive community.