Are your employees happy at work? According to a recent Gallup survey, 51% of America’s 100 million full-time employees aren’t engaged at work, meaning they feel no real connection to their jobs and tend to do the bare minimum. Another 16% reported being “actively disengaged,” meaning they resent their jobs and tend to drag down morale as a result.

A separate study by Gallup and the Queen’s School of Business shared insight on the costly effects of these disengaged employees. They found that disengaged workers had 37% higher levels of absenteeism, 49% more accidents, and 60% more errors and defects. Companies with low employee engagement scores experienced 18% less productivity and 37% lower job growth.

To combat the threat of a disengaged, unproductive workforce, employers must strive to help employees feel happy in the workplace; happy employees tend to be more engaged. Plenty of scientific research over the years supports clear neurological links between feelings, thoughts and actions. Employees who feel happy and hold a positive mindset behave in such a manner at the workplace. Happiness has many benefits in the workplace that lead to a successful workforce.

In Shawn Achor’s book, The Happiness Advantage, Achor states that “When we are positive, our brains become more engaged, creative, motivated, energetic, resilient, and productive.” Happy employees are – for the most part – better employees. Here are just a few examples of the benefits of happiness in the workplace:

Happiness combats stress. Happy employees build resilience when it comes to workplace stress.

Happy employees also take fewer sick days.

Happy employees create a positive and strong company culture and boost morale.

A strong company culture benefits retention.

Happy employees devote more time and effort to their work and outperform their competition by 20%.

To learn how to make your employees and coworkers happier visit SelfCare for HealthCare™.