Life is too short not to be happy.
When I look at the data (and there’s a ton), I’m shocked at what I see. There are way too many people that are unhappy at work. Not only that, but there are way too many employers that seem not not care.
Before we dive into the data, does it not make common sense to have happy employees?
Does it not make common sense to just treat people with respect? If you treat them with respect, don’t think you think they’ll reward you and work harder for you? How can it be that so many people don’t understand this?
There’s a book that was written, called Make More Money by Making Your Employees Happy. I recommend everyone read it, and potentially send it to your boss to read. It really proves with case studies how making employees happier ultimately leads to higher profits. For example, here’s an excerpt from the book:
A Jackson Organization study shows that companies that effectively appreciate employee value enjoy a return on equity & assets more than triple that experienced by firms that don’t. Fortune’s “100 Best Companies to Work For” stock prices rose an average of 14% per year from 1998-2005, compared to 6% for the market overall.
What happens is that crappy managers cause stress to their employees, by micromanaging them, or by simply not respecting them.