A new study has found that 88% of full-time employees are happy at work, with 71% of respondents reporting that they were “mostly happy,” and 17% describing themselves as “elated”.
The study, by collaborative work management platform Wrike and commissioned by Atomic Research, was carried out in the USA, UK, France and Germany and explored the impact company culture has upon the happiness of the staff, with a strong link found between happiness, diversity, company mission and relationships with the management team.
The ‘Happiness Index’ also found that collaborative work management (CWM) software can also have a direct result on the happiness and wellbeing of staff, with CWM users 85% more likely to agree to being happy.
“Fostering workplace happiness and understanding what really drives employee engagement is evolving – it’s not just about paying the highest salary and providing lunch,” said Wrike Vice President of People Operations Megan Barbier.
“In today’s competitive talent market, it is important that companies consider emerging factors, like diversity and technology, that are playing an increasingly important role in employee happiness. Our hope is that the Wrike Happiness Index will help us, and other leaders, identify new trends in the workplace and which factors, like deploying CWM technology, have the greatest impact on happiness so we can invest our resources in the things that matter most to our talent.”
The study also found that respondents who identified as being happy were three times more lilley to attend after-work events and 25% more evilly to eat lunch with colleagues, and nearly three takes more likely to describe their relationships with management as good.
CWM users were 91% more lilley than non-CWM users to describe their relationships with mangers as “very good,”attributed to real-time visibility CWMs provide.
“CWM software was initially developed to improve collaboration and project management practices, but this data shows it can also support key factors that increase workplace happiness from transparency to building trust and helping employees understand that they are part of something bigger,” Barbier added.