Category Archives: Productivity

Happiness at work in the time of Corona – back to basics

COVID-19 is a massive challenge for workplaces all over the world as well as a massive challenge for employees' private lives and mental health. Knowing that unhappy/stressed employees are less productive and less innovative (right when we need everyone to contribute to solutions to these challenges) it becomes crucial for companies to figure out how to … Continue Reading ››

Employee engagement vs. happiness at work – what should companies focus on?

I met a manager recently who claimed in no uncertain terms that companies should forget all about employee happiness and focus only on engagement.  He argued that people can be happy at work without performing well, whereas employee engagement leads directly to better performance. I've actually heard this claim a few times recently, but it is … Continue Reading ››

Never ask employees what would make them happy. Here’s why.

Most managers have realized by now that happy workplaces are more productive, more creative, attract better talent and make more money. So if you were a well-meaning manager or HR person looking to capitalize on this and create a happier workplace, you might be tempted to start by asking your employees some version of this … Continue Reading ››

Professor explains why you should never fake being happy at work

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-_fdda_HpXg?cc_load_policy=1 Forget about trying to enforce positive emotions all the time. It requires extra effort and ends up being counter productive. Emiliana Simon-Thomas, Ph.D., is the science director of the Greater Good Science Center at Berkeley and a leading expert on the neuroscience and psychology of compassion, kindness, gratitude, and other “pro-social” skills. Watch her full speech … Continue Reading ››