10 most important reasons why happiness at work is the #1 productivity boosters.


Here are the 10 most important reasons why happiness at work is the #1 productivity boosters.

1: Happy people work better with others
happy people are a lot more fun to be around and consequently have better relations at work. This translates into:

  • Better teamwork with your colleagues
  • Better employee relations if you're a manager
  • More satisfied customers if you're in a service job
  • Improved sales if you're a sales person

2: Happy people are more creative
if your productivity depends on being able to come up with new ideas, you need to be happy at work. Check out the research of Teresa Amiable for proof. She says:

If people are in a good mood on a given day, they're more likely to have creative ideas that day, as well as the next day, even if we take into account their mood that next day.

There seems to be a cognitive process that gets set up when people are feeling good that leads to more flexible, fluent, and original thinking, and there's actually a carryover, an incubation effect, to the next day.

3: Happy people fix problems instead of complaining about them
when you don't like your job, every molehill looks like a mountain. It becomes difficult to fix any problem without agonizing over it or complaining about it first. When you're happy at work and you run into a snafu - you just fix it.

4: Happy people have more energy
happy people have more energy and are therefore more efficient at everything they do.

5: Happy people are more optimistic
happy people have a more positive, optimistic outlook, and as research shows (particularly Martin Seligman's work in positive psychology), optimists are way more successful and productive. It's the old saying "Whether you believe you can or believe you can't, you're probably right" all over again.

6: Happy people are way more motivated
Low motivation means low productivity, and the only sustainable, reliable way to be motivated at work is to be happy and like what you do. I wrote about this in a previous post called why "motivation by pizza" doesn't work.

7: Happy people get sick less often
getting sick is a productivity killer and if you don't like your job you're more prone to contract a long list of diseases including ulcers, cancer and diabetes. You're also more prone to workplace stress and burnout.

One study assessed the impact of job strain on the health of 21,290 female nurses in the US and found that the women most at risk of ill health were those who didn't like their jobs. The impact on their health was a great as that associated with smoking and sedentary lifestyles (source).

8: Happy people learn faster
when you're happy and relaxed, you're much more open to learning new things at work and thereby increasing your productivity.

9: Happy people worry less about making mistakes - and consequently make fewer mistakes
when you're happy at work the occasional mistake doesn't bother you much. You pick yourself up, learn from it and move on. You also don't mind admitting to others that you screwed up - you simply take responsibility, apologize and fix it. This relaxed attitude means that less mistakes are made, and that you're more likely to learn from them.

10: Happy people make better decisions
unhappy people operate in permanent crisis mode. Their focus narrows, they lose sight of the big picture, their survival instincts kick in and they're more likely to make short-term, here-and-now choices. Conversely, happy people make better, more informed decisions and are better able to prioritize their work.

The upshot

Think back to a situation where you felt that you were at peak performance. A situation where your output was among the highest and bests it's ever been. I'm willing to bet that you were working at something that made you happy.

Something that you loved doing.

There's a clear link between happiness at work and productivity.

This only leaves the question of causation: Does being productive make us happy or does being happy make us productive? The answer is, of course, yes! The link goes both ways.


Holding Hands

Casual Day

Casual Day


A Company decides to adopt Fridays as Casual Day and they issued a Memo to all department intimating the same.


Week 1


Memo 1: Effective this week, the company is adopting Fridays as Casual Day. Employees are free to dress in the casual attire of their choice.


Week 3


Memo 2: Spandex and leather micro-miniskirts are not appropriate attire for Casual Day.


Week 6


Memo 3: Casual Day refers to dress only, not attitude.


Week 8


Memo 4: A seminar on how to dress for Casual Day will be held at 4 p.m. Friday in the cafeteria. A fashion show will follow. Attendance is mandatory.


Week 9


Memo No. 5: As an outgrowth of Friday's seminar, a 14-member Casual Day Task Force has been appointed to prepare guidelines for proper casual-day dress.


Week 14


Memo 6: The Casual Day Task Force has distributed a 30-page manual entitled "Relaxing Dress Without Relaxing Company Standards." A copy has been distributed to every employee.


Week 18


Memo 7: Company is providing psychological counseling for employees who may be having difficulty adjusting to Casual Day.


Week 20


Memo 8: We are no longer able to effectively support or manage Casual Day. Casual Day is discontinued




J (or 50 Completely Useless Facts!) J


The word "queue" is the only word in the English language that is still pronounced the same way when the last four letters are removed.


Beetles taste like apples, wasps like pine nuts, and worms like fried bacon.


Of all the words in the English language, the word 'set' has the most definitions!


What is called a "French kiss" in the English speaking world is known as an "English kiss" in France.


"Almost" is the longest word in the English language with all the letters in alphabetical order.


"Rhythm" is the longest English word without a vowel.


In 1386, a pig in France was executed by public hanging for the murder of a child


A cockroach can live several weeks with its head cut off!


Human thigh bones are stronger than concrete.


You can't kill yourself by holding your breath


There is a city called Rome on every continent.


It's against the law to have a pet dog in Iceland!


Your heart beats over 100,000 times a day!


Horatio Nelson, one of England's most illustrious admirals was throughout his life, never able to find a cure for his sea-sickness.


The skeleton of Jeremy Bentham is present at all important meetings of the University of London


Right handed people live, on average, nine years longer than left-handed people


Your ribs move about 5 million times a year, everytime you breathe!


The elephant is the only mammal  that can't jump!


One quarter of the bones in your body, are in your feet!


Like fingerprints, everyone's tongue print is different!


The first known transfusion of blood was performed as early as 1667, when Jean-Baptiste, transfused two pints of blood from a sheep to a young man


Fingernails grow nearly 4 times faster than toenails!


Most dust particles in your house are made from dead skin!


The present population of 5 billion plus people of the world is predicted to become 15 billion by 2080.


Women blink nearly twice as much as men.


Honey is the only food that does not spoil. Honey found in the tombs of Egyptian pharaohs has been tasted by archaeologists and found edible.


Months that begin on a Sunday will always have a "Friday the 13th."

Coca-Cola would be green if colouring weren't added to it.


On average a hedgehog's  heart beats 300 times a minute.


More people are killed each year from bees than from snakes.


The average lead pencil will draw a line 35 miles long or write approximately 50,000 English words.


More people are allergic to cow's milk than any other food.


Camels have three eyelids to protect themselves from blowing sand.


The placement of a donkey's eyes in its' heads enables it to see all four feet at all times!


The six official languages of the United Nations are: English, French, Arabic, Chinese, Russian and Spanish.


Earth is the only planet not named after a god.


It's against the law to burp, or sneeze in a church in Nebraska, USA.


You're born with 300 bones, but by the time you become an adult, you only have 206.


Some worms will eat themselves if they can't find any food!


Dolphins sleep with one eye open!


It is impossible to sneeze with your eyes open


The worlds oldest piece of chewing gum is 9000 years old!


The longest recorded flight  of a chicken is 13 seconds


Queen Elizabeth I regarded herself as a paragon of cleanliness. She declared that she bathed once every three months, whether she needed it or not


Slugs have 4 noses.


Owls are the only birds who can see the colour blue.


A man named Charles Osborne had the hiccups for 69 years!


A giraffe can clean its ears with its 21-inch tongue!


The average person laughs 10 times a day!


An ostrich's eye is bigger than its brain


How organizations were named....

How organizations were named....




The word was invented by Jonathan Swift and used in his book Gulliver's Travels. It represents a person who is repulsive in appearance and action and is barely human.

Yahoo! founders Jerry Yang and David Filo selected the name because they considered themselves yahoos.




The Greek root "xer" means dry. The inventor, Chestor Carlson, named his product Xerox as it was dry copying, markedly different from the then prevailing wet copying.


Sun Microsystems


Founded by four Stanford University buddies, Sun is the acronym for Stanford University Network.




From the Latin word 'sonus' meaning sound, and 'sonny' a slang used by Americans to refer to a bright youngster.




"Systems, Applications, Products in Data Processing", formed by four ex-IBM employees who used to work in the 'Systems/Applications/Projects'  group of IBM.


Red Hat


Company founder Marc Ewing was given the Cornell lacrosse team cap (with red and white stripes) while at college by his grandfather. He lost it and had to search for it desperately. The manual of the beta version of Red Hat Linux had an appeal to readers to return his Red Hat if found by anyone!




Larry Ellison and Bob Oats were working on a consulting project for the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). The code name for the project was called Oracle (the CIA saw this as the system to give answers to all questions or something such).




Founder Paul Galvin came up with this name when his company started manufacturing radios for cars. The popular radio company at the time was called Victrola.




It was coined by Bill Gates to represent the company that was devoted to MICROcomputer SOFTware. Originally christened Micro-Soft, the '-' was removed later on.




Mitch Kapor got the name for his company from the lotus position or 'padmasana.' Kapor used to be a teacher of Transcendental Meditation of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.




Bob Noyce and Gordon Moore wanted to name their new company 'Moore Noyce' but that was already trademarked by a hotel chain, so they had to settle for an acronym of INTegrated ELectronics.




Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard tossed a coin to decide whether the company they founded would be called Hewlett-Packard or Packard-Hewlett.




Founder Jack Smith got the idea of accessing email via the web from a computer anywhere in the world. When Sabeer Bhatia came up with the business plan for the mail service, he tried all kinds of names ending in 'mail' and finally settled for Hotmail as it included the letters "html" - the programming language used to write web pages. It was initially referred to as HoTMaiL with selective upper casings.




The name started as a jockey boast about the amount of information the search-engine would be able to search. It was originally named 'Googol', a word for the number represented by 1 followed by 100 zeros. After founders - Stanford graduate students Sergey Brin and Larry Page presented their project to an angel investor, they received a cheque made out to 'Google




The name is not an acronym but an abbreviation of San Francisco. The company's logo reflects its San Francisco name heritage. It represents a stylized Golden Gate Bridge.


Apple Computers


Favourite fruit of founder Steve Jobs. He was three months late in filing a name for the business, and he threatened to call his company Apple Computers if the other colleagues didn't suggest a better name by 5 o'clock.




It got its name because its founders got started by applying patches to code written for NCSA's httpd daemon. The result was 'A PAtCHy' server thus, the name Apache.




The name came from the river Adobe Creek that ran behind the house of founder John Warnock.


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