Workplace Happiness

Engaged Employees Are More Productive

After 17+ years as an IT Professional at some of the top tech companies, I remember feeling isolated and disconnected from colleagues, teams, and departments.

Survey data shows that about 30% of people report that their jobs cause them stress on a regular basis. And this is seen in the data analyzed by the science of happiness, where 30% to 40% of people feel like their job is a consistent source of stress.
— Dacher Keltner, Professor of Psychology at UC Berkley and Co-Director of The Greater Good Science Center
Workplace Stress

Organizational science shows that happiness helped solve some really common problems in the workplace like stress, physical and mental health challenges, withdrawal from our jobs, disengagement when feeling bored or self-critical. It also helps to solve basic issues with incivility that are quite rife throughout work today.

Thankfully, forward-thinking organizations all over the world are advancing strategies that cultivate a culture of happier, more engaged employees. Hence, leading to greater productivity, creative problem solving, and professional leadership.

Let’s face it

Employee engagement is not the same as job satisfaction or even workplace happiness. Personnel can be satisfied with their jobs and still be disengaged. Emotional Wellness Coaching in the Workplace helps bridge the gap between happily engaged employees and disengaged legacy cultures of yesteryear.

It has also been identified by the International Coach Federation (ICF) that organizations with strong coaching cultures value and invest in professional coach practitioners, with accredited coaching skills, to champion employees at all levels. Allowing them to grow skills, enhance happiness and engagement, and reach professional goals.

Workplace Happiness
Quite simply, people who are happier at work enjoy better mental and physical health. Since most of us spend at least half of our waking hours working, ensuring happiness during those working hours is just as important to our overall health as the hours we spend outside of work.

Happiness at work is tied to greater intrinsic motivation and perseverance towards goals, and being more willing to invest time and effort into overcoming obstacles.

The happier, more motivated among us are more active at work, and we find enjoyment even during those routine, commonplace tasks. People who are happier at work are more creative, perform better, and are more productive.
— Emiliana R. Simon-Thomas, Ph.D., science director of the Greater Good Science Center.

How this works

The Emotional Wellness Coaching program is a non-therapeutic corporate benefit intended to strengthen and improve skills for enhanced workplace engagement. Employees work with their coach for one (1) to eight (8) confidentially held sessions, each 45-minutes in length, with an optional follow-up booster session 3-4 weeks after ending the 8th session. The duration of the program is determined by both the employee and the coach. All sessions are held by video or telephone by mutually agreed upon pre-scheduled appointments.

  1. Agree to completing consent and baseline assessments.

  2. Getting clear on what’s here and now.

  3. Set up achievable goals for their specific domain of work.

  4. Explore what’s here and now, and proven engagement principles.

  5. Conclude with in-between session practices and accountabilities.

The bottom line…

The success of your company greatly depends on happily engaged employees. In their studies, The Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley found how one simple nudge that boosts happiness can increase creativity levels for days. Even supervisors evaluate happier employees as more creative.

Being happy at work, particularly about accomplishing things, small wins, has lasting effects on creativity.
— Teresa Amabile, Harvard Professor of Management and author of The Progress Principle
Your Bottom Line

Studies also show that happier organizations are better at rebounding, even reinventing themselves after setbacks or even catastrophe. People who are happier at work are also more resilient. They're better at handling challenges. They're better at coping. And they have an easier time recovering from adversity.

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