Boosting Workplace Happiness: The Key to Successful Teams

It’s often said that a company’s greatest asset is its people, so choosing the right team is crucial in making or breaking a business. However, this is only the start. What are we doing to ensure that our team is in an environment where they can perform their best and want to stay? How are we promoting workplace happiness?

In celebration of the International Day of Happiness, join us as we discuss the role happiness plays in boosting productivity and improving your workplace’s culture!

Employee Satisfaction and Team Performance

Happiness is more than just a feeling. In the workplace, it’s a powerful catalyst for team effectiveness. Studies consistently show that happier employees tend to work better together, becoming more communicative, approachable, and willing to share ideas.

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When team members feel valued, supported, and motivated, they are more likely to trust each other, share ideas freely, and work towards common goals. This positive dynamic fosters a culture of innovation and resilience, enabling teams to navigate challenges and seize opportunities effectively.

Investing in team-building activities and initiatives that prioritize is one great way to lay the foundation for sustained success and achievement.

Employee Satisfaction and Individual Performance

While cooperation is key in the workplace, a chain is only as strong as its weakest link, which means that maximizing individual performance is still crucial to the success of any team.

Happier employees tend to be more motivated, engaged, and committed to their work, leading to increased productivity. They also demonstrate higher levels of creativity, problem-solving abilities, and resilience, enabling them to tackle tasks more effectively and produce higher-quality work. Moreover, happy employees are more likely to collaborate with their colleagues, communicate openly, and contribute positively to team dynamics, further enhancing overall productivity.

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This improved performance can be seen in the increased productivity of individual employees, as shown in a study conducted by the University of Oxford, which found that happy employees are 13% more productive. 

Similar findings were seen in a study conducted by the University of Warwick, where happy employees were found to be up to 20% more productive due to having better problem-solving abilities.

Strategies for Boosting Workplace Happiness

Boosting workplace happiness requires a multifaceted approach that addresses the holistic well-being of team members. Examples of these include offering flexible work arrangements, promoting work-life balance, providing resources for mental and emotional well-being, and celebrating employees’ achievements. We’ll expound on these below:

#1 Promote Work-Life Balance

Encourage employees to maintain a healthy balance between work and personal life by offering flexible work arrangements, such as remote work options or flexible hours. This allows you to keep your employees from burning out.

As remote work becomes increasingly popular, a FlexJobs survey found that 85% of respondents claimed having a flexible work schedule would make them happier.

Similarly, discourage overworking and encourage employees to take regular breaks to recharge.

#2 Provide Opportunities for Skill Development

Lack of opportunities has been among the top reasons for attrition. In fact, LinkedIn research found that 94% of employees would stay at a company longer if it invested in their career development.

Offer training programs, workshops, and opportunities for professional development to help employees enhance their skills and advance in their careers. Doing these will make your employees feel valued, increasing job satisfaction and overall happiness.

#3 Recognize and Reward Achievements

Regularly acknowledge and celebrate the achievements and contributions of employees. This can be done through verbal recognition, awards, bonuses, or other incentives. Feeling appreciated and valued for their efforts can significantly boost employee morale and happiness.

#4 Foster a Positive Work Environment 

People want to be recognized for their work in one way or another. Cultivate a supportive and inclusive workplace where all employees feel respected, valued, and heard. 

In fact, a survey by Gallup revealed that employees who receive regular recognition are more likely to be engaged at work, with engagement levels increasing by 60%.

#5 Encourage Social Connections

We’re all social beings. No matter how shy or introverted someone may be, everyone must have a sense of belonging to be happy. Facilitate opportunities for employees to build relationships and encourage socializing with their colleagues, including team-building activities, social events, or designated spaces for informal gatherings. 

A study published in the Journal of Applied Psychology found that employees who feel included in the workplace are 87% more likely to feel happy and satisfied with their jobs.

#6 Offer Employee Wellness Programs

Implementing wellness initiatives to support employees’ mental, emotional, and physical well-being can contribute to overall happiness and job satisfaction.

According to a study by the American Psychological Association, 89% of employees at companies with wellness programs are more likely to recommend their company as a good place to work.

These can include access to counseling services, mindfulness workshops, fitness classes, or health and wellness resources. 

#7 Empower Employees with Autonomy

Providing employees with autonomy and decision-making authority empowers employees to make meaningful contributions in their workplace, in effect increasing feelings of ownership, engagement, and happiness.

A study published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology delved into this, showing that employees with higher levels of autonomy reported higher job satisfaction and overall well-being.

#8 Create Opportunities for Meaningful Work

Employees want to feel a sense of purpose in what they’re doing. In fact, a survey by EY found that 92% of employees said that having meaningful work was important to their overall job satisfaction.

Ensure that employees understand how their work contributes to the organization’s goals and mission. Offer projects or assignments that align with their interests and values, allowing them to find purpose and fulfillment in their work.

#9 Lead by Example

Leadership requires credibility, and we must “walk the talk” to set an example for our teams, as no one wants to follow a hypocrite.

According to a study done by the Harvard Business Review, employees are 55% more engaged when their leaders show strong skills, such as leading by example.

Leadership plays a crucial role in creating a company culture, whether good or bad. Leaders should demonstrate positivity, empathy, and transparency in their interactions with employees.

#10 Solicit Feedback and Act on It

Regularly seek employee feedback about their experiences, concerns, and suggestions for improvement. Actively listen to their input and take steps to address any issues or implement changes based on their feedback. Making employees feel heard and valued can enhance their satisfaction and happiness in the workplace.


Workplace happiness is the key to building successful teams that drive organizational productivity and success. Organizations can achieve long-term success in the ever-evolving workplace landscape by prioritizing happiness and fostering a culture where members thrive and collaborate effectively. 

Let’s recognize the profound impact of happiness on team effectiveness and commit to creating workplaces where happiness is not just a goal but a fundamental driver of success.

To learn more ways to keep your employees satisfied and engaged at work, feel free to contact us at HoliFit, the number one corporate wellness company in Makati, Philippines.

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