6 Reasons Why Being Happy at Work Boosts Productivity and Wellbeing Posted on 25 September 2023 by Becky Duncan, Kent-Teach in Career | Schools | Wellbeing In today's fast-paced and demanding work environment, the concept of happiness at work might seem like a luxury rather than a necessity. However, research has shown that fostering happiness among employees is not only beneficial for their wellbeing but also for overall productivity and organisational success. To celebrate International Week of Happiness at Work, we delve into the significance of happiness at work and explore the ways it can positively impact individuals and the school community as a whole.1) Improved ProductivityHappiness and productivity are closely intertwined. Happy employees tend to be more engaged, motivated, and focused on their tasks. This boost in productivity can have a direct and positive impact on pupil’s and their learning outcomes. 2) Enhanced Creativity and InnovationHappy employees are more open to new ideas and are better at thinking creatively. They feel safe to express their opinions and contribute to brainstorming sessions, which can lead to innovative solutions to complex problems. Creativity and innovation are crucial for businesses to stay competitive and adapt to changing markets.3) Better Employee RetentionSchools and academies that prioritise happiness at work are more likely to retain their top teachers. Happy educators are less likely to seek job opportunities elsewhere which reduces recruitment and training costs and ensures a more experienced and knowledgeable workforce which directly impacts the quality of teaching and learning in school.4) Positive Work EnvironmentCreating a happy workplace often involves fostering a positive work environment. This includes promoting teamwork, providing opportunities for personal and professional growth, and offering a healthy work-life balance. A positive work environment can lead to reduced stress levels, improved mental health, and better overall job satisfaction.5) Better RelationshipsHappy employees are more likely to build better relationships with colleagues, other staff members and parents. Positive interactions between schools employees and the school community can lead to a happier classroom and school experience for pupils.6) Healthier EmployeesHappiness at work is linked to better physical and mental health. Happy employees tend to take fewer sick days and experience lower levels of stress-related illnesses. This contributes to a healthier and more productive workforce and reduces the need for supply teachers and cover staff. Overall prioritising happiness at work isn't just a feel-good concept; it's strategic. Schools that invest in creating a positive and happy workplace culture can reap the benefits of improved productivity, creativity and employee retention. Employee wellbeing has far-reaching benefits that extend beyond individual wellbeing to positively impact the entire school community and improving children and young people's lives. Get in touch with our Wellbeing Advisors to discover how you can make your school a happy and productive workplace.If you liked this blog, why not read our blog post ‘4 Ways to Include Staff Wellbeing in Your INSET Day Agenda’ next?