Do You Want Better Employees?
The benefits of increased happiness include increased intelligence, creativity, emotional intelligence, resilience, and improved health, relationships and well-being.
At Happiness 1st Institute, we know how to teach individuals to increase their level of happiness with tools and techniques that make the increased level of happiness easily sustainable.
All the goals of corporate wellness programs (and much more) can be accomplished by increasing the happiness level of employees.
Many businesses have been using well-known methods to obtain a competitive advantage. New scientific breakthroughs are changing the definition of the best way to gain competitive advantage. At Happiness 1st we use information supported by recent scientific studies to help businesses gain a competitive advantage by developing the most valuable resources that they already have – their employees. Our methods will increase productivity, sales, engagement, and retention while reducing health care costs, absenteeism, and turnover. This can be done with a minimal investment of time and resources, yet the returns are fantastic. This has been shown over and over again in businesses ranging from insurance sales to high tech engineering to law enforcement. The theory of developing employees’ strengths toward a culture of hope, confidence, resilience, optimism and happiness makes sense, and the benefits have been proven by scientific research.
This is not a program that requires managers to offer compliments and be the motivator of employees.
Everyone wants to be happier. Increased happiness in employees confers great benefits on the employer. When an employee begins feeling happier the employee is self-motivated to continue practicing the skills we teach because it feels good. These skills work for anyone willing to do the work. Pessimists can learn to have a more optimistic outlook.
Plato said it best in The Republic when he wrote, “Necessity is the mother of invention.” During these challenging economic times, employers are seeking alternative solutions to control rising health care costs in order to maintain market share and profitability while continuing to provide benefits their employees rely upon. According to the National Coalition on Health Care, employee health care costs are rising at a rate of 6.9 percent annually, which is two times the rate of inflation. Health care spending in the United States represents 17 percent of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP), and the average cost of care for each person in the United States is around $7,900 per person.
Much of the burden for covering the cost of care for employees falls upon employers. In 2008, the annual premium for an employer health care plan covering a family of four was $12,700. This was the first year that the annual employee health care premiums surpassed the gross pay of full-time, minimum wage workers at $10,712.
Other more inventive employers are actively looking for alternative ways to reduce health care costs through a variety of cost cutting methods. Corporate wellness programs are quickly becoming the solution of choice with an average return of $3 for every $1 spent. There are many reasons employers choose to offer employee wellness programs. While the return on dollar spent is an average of $3 the programs are not as effective as they could be.
New scientific findings are causing a paradigm shift that feels as big as the shift from believing the Earth was flat to round. These findings are neon signs pointing to a fairly simple strategy that is scientifically proven to work and achieve the goals hoped for from a corporate wellness program.
What is this shift? Increased happiness causes:
Improvements in health including fewer illnesses, less severe illnesses when there is illness, and quicker recovery.
- Significant reductions in absenteeism
- Significant reductions in turnover
- Increased productivity
- Increased clarity of thinking
- Increased ability to make good decisions and good evaluations of facts
The same employee is literally more intelligent and more creative when they are happier.
The same employee is healthier when they are happier.
The same employee has better relationships with others when they are happier.
Think about how good it would feel to come to work every day and feel good yourself and work with others who feel good. Staying in such an environment would be very attractive to employees.
We love sharing with businesses, organizations, governments, veterans and individuals information about the scientific studies that show that every goal of corporate wellness programs (and then some) is addressed beautifully by increasing the happiness level of employees and that there are proven methods of not only increasing employee happiness levels but sustaining them.
Please visit Happiness 1st for more information on the science behind happiness and how to enroll in our classes.
Scientists have also shown that happiness can be learned through development of new skills.
The benefits of happiness are too great to list here. Here are some results of increased happiness:
- Happy sales people do much better than even more qualified but pessimistic sales people in sales and their turnover is lower.
- One company experienced a 1.5 day per month per employee reduction in absenteeism with 1,000 employees (18000 days a year equivalent).
- Being happy vs. unhappy contributes more to longevity than smoking status!
- Intelligence (IQ), creativity, emotional intelligence (EQ), and resilience all increase in tandem with increased happiness.
- Even when they become sick, happy people recover faster and do not experience as many symptoms as an unhappier person with the same illness.
- The higher level of emotional intelligence means less time dealing with petty grievances that steal valuable time.
- Happy people see solutions more than problems.
- All relationships tend to improve with increased happiness, so the impact at work from turmoil at home lessens.
Imagine working in an environment where employees have learned happiness skills. How difficult would it be to leave such an environment for one where that training had not been provided?
We need many things to make our company one of the leaders that comes out of the decline in a great position to thrive.
We need intelligent leaders with creative solutions and high levels of emotional intelligence.
We need to retain our key employees. Turnover is one of the biggest risks during recovery.
We need competitive edges. Happiness is a huge competitive edge and it increases the chances of developing other creative and inspired competitive edges.
Is it time to lift your company out of the doldrums?
Get Happiness 1st Institute to help you capture these benefits of happiness.