There's a common misconception about happiness in the workplace. It goes like this: Great work leads to big success, which leads to happiness.
Sounds like it should work out that way, right?
Turns out that model for happiness is totally backwards. Happiness isn't a destination; it's a starting point -- one that enables positive outcomes at work. When employees are happy first, they tend to work harder and be more productive. At the same time, the companies happy employees work for tend to see less turnover, higher revenue, and smoother operations overall.
To help illustrate the research behind why emotional well-being matters at work, the folks at Happify created the infographic below. Check it out to learn why companies should care about employees' emotional well-being, what they can do about it, what employees can do about it, and where money fits in to the equation.
Originally published May 24, 2016 7:00:00 AM, updated July 28 2017