Is your executive leadership team wondering how to increase workplace productivity?
There is growing research that giving and happiness is related to productivity in the workplace. When people give generously of their time or personal resources, they experience personal satisfaction and calm plus a sense of joy. This all translates into happiness at work.
When people are satisfied and are feeling happy, they concentrate with greater intensity on their work, find more creative solutions and bottom line, get more done.
Charismatic leaders model generous giving for their employees and create a more productive environment. Employees see the example and emulate the behaviors.
Arthur C. Brooks, president of the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research, says that if employees see you giving, they will see you as a leader and they will want to follow you. (See www.KarlaBrandau.com/GiveUnselfishly.)
Brooks’ research finds that you can certainly make it a habit to give to non-profits and charitable causes in the community and invite your employees to do the same. This gives you and your organization greater visibility in the community and earns you more employee loyalty.
In a post from Science Now, social psychologist Elizabeth Dunn of the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada, writes that there is a strong correlation between spending and happiness. People were happier when they spent money on others, rather than indulging themselves in pleasurable activities. Dunn states that “the effects of altruistic spending are probably akin to those of exercise.” And like exercise, giving needs to be done on a regular basis to have long term effects.
Giving part of your paycheck to another individual for a good reason gives you an emotional burst of happiness, but so does just plain and simple service. Forgetting your own self-serving goals for a few minutes and paying it forward by giving a gift of time to a colleague or co-worker or merely listening to an employee is a sure-fire way to make you a happier person.
Happy people work better with others, are more fun to be around, give better customer service, and give co-workers the benefit of a doubt when misunderstandings occur.
Happy people are more creative when fixing problems and reducing mountains of challenges to molehills of reality.
Happy people have more energy and are more optimistic and motivated. They make fewer mistakes and better decisions.
Get your leadership team together and make a resolution that tomorrow – not next week or next month – you will model for your employees the giving of service. As they follow the charismatic leaders in the organization, your employees will be happier and more productive.
In Paul Krugman’s (professor of economics at Princepton University) words, “Productivity isn’t everything, but in the long run it is almost everything.”