Yes! Happiness is in companies, business school and goverment agendas. And however they describe it, different terms and words are being used, all agree that having happy people and therefore, happy employees, make the workplace more effective.
How? Will be the question that many managers and sceptics will ask. The consulting firm, Delivering Happinnes at Work (DHW) has compiled a list with some, and very interesting numbers,
33% higher profitability
43% more productivity
37% higher sales
300% more innovation
51% lower turnover
50% less safety incidents
66% decrease in sick leave
125% less burnout
You can believe these numbers, or not, but the true is that many companies are focusing more and more on the well- being of their employees.
In this line, SAP News published recently an article in our intranet called, “Stay Fit and Happy” where our SAP Global Heath Managment, Natalie Lotzmann, higtlighed the importance of protecting our physical and mental health, as a first step.
This article is framed in our People, Diversity and Health week. Differente locations, all around SAP, have engaged to support onsite activities during this week in an event that is a real cross-functional team effort; different departments join forces to create a great experience for employees across the globe. An event with a different objectives. And one of them is to help our employees to “stay fit and happy”.
Chess tournament and Indian head massage in Uk; healty cooking workshops and daily healthy menu in the canteen in Italy; or Wii available for the employees to make a break in Spain. These, and much more, are examples of activities that have been running out to help our employees to find different ways of dealing with stress, recharge their batteries and therefore stay fit and productive in the long run.
Happy people are more productive, more creative at problem solving and more effective. Therefore, it looks that promoting happinnes in the companies, makes sense.