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Fast Companyhas a piece about what makes people happy at work, pointing out that "in her book 'It’s Always Personal,' Anne Kreamer points to recent research from Sigal Barsade of the Wharton School of Business that indicates positive moods prompt 'more flexible decision-making and wider search behavior and greater analytic precision,' which in turn make the whole company more willing to take risks and be more open.

"On the flip side," Fast Company notes, "analysis conducted by the Gallup Organization found that disgruntled employees disengage and cost the American economy up to $350 billion a year in lost productivity."

So what makes for happy employees? According to Fast Company...

• "Happy employees don’t stay in one role for too long. Movement and the perception of improvement create satisfaction. Status quo, on the other hand, creates burnout."

• "There is a strong correlation between happiness and meaning; having a meaningful impact on the world around you is actually a better predictor of happiness than many other things you think will make you happy."

• "A workplace is far likelier to be a happy place when policies are in place to ensure that people regularly get acknowledgement and praise for a job well done."

• "Recognize that employees are people first, workers second, and create policies that focus on their well-being as individuals."

• "Emphasize work/life integration, not necessarily 'balance'."
KC's View:
Doesn't seem like it would be so hard to make employee happiness a high priority, especially because it does not seem like such a leap of faith to believe that this would make companies more productive.

And yet, think of all the companies out there that don't even think about this stuff...