Happiness! Did you know the simple act of smiling can actually make you feel happier?
In stressful workplaces, employees may allow stress to overcome them at some points, and it can show up on their faces. To fix this, smiling can help release neuropeptides and neurotransmitters that can improve our brain’s communication and boost our moods. Some may even call smiling a natural antidepressant due to the release of endorphins, natural painkillers, and serotonin. Smiling can also be contagious to the people around you because they can unconsciously mimic your smile. This way, more and more people around you can feel relaxed and therefore be more productive.
According to Shawn Anchor in “The Happiness Advantage” a company with happy employees could increase their sales and productivity by 37% and 31%, respectively. Aspects which relate to an employee’s happiness in the workplace include: personality pattern, social connections, autonomy and decision making, financial security, scope for innovation and creativity, acceptance and empathy, challenges and diversity of tasks, and a work life balance. Furthermore, a study showed that happiness in the workplace is directly correlated to increased productivity and improved group performance. If your employees can optimize their work, they reduce the risk of hypertension, cardiac diseases, and other stress-related, non-communicable diseases.
Take the first step with your employees and fellow co-workers by starting each meeting with a smile! Make sure you turn on your camera during this time to spread the joy. Improving your company culture can go a long way for your employees!
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