What goals or challenges (dare I say resolutions?) do you have at work this year? If boosting success by creating happiness for yourself, your team, division or company is among them, you should know something about the “Happiness Advantage.”
Forbes blogger Jenna Goudreau recently highlighted 10 firms profiled in positive psychology leader Shawn Achor’s new book, The Happiness Advantage, The Seven Principles of Positive Psychology That Fuel Success and Performance at Work.
In the book, and in the companies he works with, Achor advocates practices that help improve social connection and workplace environment, among other things, to boost happiness. His research, pioneered at Harvard University then put into practice at a popular class there (and now in break rooms and boardrooms across corporate landscape) shows results worth noting:

“…positive employees outperform negative employees in terms of sales, energy levels, turnover rates and health-care costs by as much as 30%.”

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View the slideshow of all the companies here.  They include:

  1. Adobe: which offers employees engaging knitting and book clubs, plus positive psychology training.
  2. American Express: a champion of flexible schedules and gay benefits.
  3. Google: with free food, games and childcare on site.
  4. IBM: after an MIT stidy there showed more social employees perform better, the company began an introduction program.
  5. Southwest Airlines has a spirited culture described as “fun luving” with a “warrior spirit” that can be seen on its corporate blog, Nuts About Southwest.

Not all solutions need be elaborate or costly. Goudreau describes seven tips Achor says you can use to create a happy and sucessful environment work for yourself and your team.
What makes you happy at work?

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