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Extraordinary organizations understand that their people are what drive innovation and competitive performance. Top companies invest in their talent on an ongoing basis, deliberately and specifically. In the last 10 years, research from the fields of positive psychology and positive organizational scholarship have made one thing overwhelmingly clear: positive psychology is a win-win in the workplace.

Happy, engaged, and purpose-driven employees are the greatest asset that ordinary companies overlook.

Not only do happier people tend to be more creative, helpful, and healthier — they also are harder working, more loyal, and help build positive workplace cultures. Organizations can use positive work practices to help promote these results, which help boost employee wellbeing as well as what we call the Positive Bottom Line.

Positive Bottom Line Results: ROI for employee happiness (sample)

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ROI Sources:
“The Benefits of Frequent Positive Affect: Does Happiness Lead to Success?” by S. Lyubomirsky, L. King, and E. Diener, 2005, Psychological Bulletin, 131, pp. 803-855. (1) Avg. 6 days absenteeism/yr (UK); 10% decrease =.6 day gained; 48 work wks/yr. Source: K.S. Cameron, G.M. Spreitzer, 2012, The Oxford Handbook of Positive Organizational Scholarship. (2) 16% turnover (UK Sainsbury Centre for Mental Health); employee replacement costs 40% of annual wage; 10% decrease = 1.6% less turnover. Source: same as Note 1. (3) 12% productivity gains, causal effect (up to 31% for some companies). Source: A.J. Oswald, E. Proto, and D. Sgroi, 2009. Happiness and Productivity. (4) Meta-analysis, S. Lyubomirsky, L. King, and E. Diener, 2004; J.L. Stasser, W.E. Heskett, L.A., 1997, Schlesinger, Service Profit Chain. (5) J.K. Harter, F.L. Schmidt, T.L. Hayes, 2002.

Additional Resources:

  • The Oxford Handbook of Positive Organizational Scholarship, 2011.
  • Positive leadership practices impacting performance at 40 financial service orgs & 30 healthcare orgs: Effects of Positive Practices on Organizational Effectiveness, Cameron, Mora, & Leutscher, 2010
  • Positive Organizational Scholarship, Peterson & Park, 2006.
  • How Employee’s Strengths Make Your Company Stronger, Sorenson, 20Feb14, gallup.com.