The business case for happiness in the workplace

Posted on May 30, 2013

Forget spreadsheets, swot analysis and risk management; the latest topic on the business school agenda is happiness.

Those academics who research the topic prefer to classify it a bit differently, however.

“Meaning” is the term used by Lee Newman, dean of innovation and behaviour at IE Business School in Spain. At the Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan, Jane Dutton, professor of business administration and psychology, says it is about “human flourishing.” Christie Scollon at Singapore Management University describes it as “subjective well-being.”

But however they describe it, they all agree that happiness makes good business sense. Moreover, employers and policy makers need to consider the happiness factor if they are to promote strong economies and profitable companies.

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Category(s):Happiness, Workplace Issues

Source material from The Globe and Mail