The Economics of Employee Happiness

Stress is too often synonymous with job success. We think of entrepreneurs starting their workdays at dawn and computer programmers coding for hours on end. This perception leads companies to have excessive expectations for employees: Do whatever it takes to drive results, even if it means forgoing your health and mental wellbeing.

However, sacrificing one’s health to succeed at work is not an admirable quality and employers that associate overwork with performance aren’t successful. In fact, emotionally-healthy employees are productive employees. And organizations that prioritize happiness get consistently great results from employees and are more profitable than those that don’t.

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