Happiness at Work

Some people believe that happiness at work means the eradication of all negative feelings. These people are heading for disappointment. Happiness at work means that the balance is tipped in favor of the positive and that you have the feel. Happiness, then, is more than a mood. It’s a deep feeling of satisfaction and meaning generated by doing a good job, helping a colleague, receiving recognition for your work and other similar everyday actions.

(Robert Half partnered with Happiness Works to conduct a research study 2017)

Job Satisfaction

Job satisfaction is defined as the extent to which an employee feels self-motivated, content & satisfied with his/her job. Job satisfaction happens when an employee feels he or she is having job stability, career growth and a comfortable work life balance. This implies that the employee is having satisfaction at job as the work meets the expectations of the individual.

The Difference Between Happiness At Work And Job Satisfaction

  • Studies show that while there is very little correlation between job satisfaction and productivity, there is clearly a positive correlation between happiness at work and productivity.
  • Job satisfaction is often a factor that is influenced by the organization, which creates circumstances that promote employee satisfaction. Happiness at work is a factor for which employees themselves are principally responsible.
  • When you talk about happiness at work you talk about being full of energy, engaged and committed. Happiness at work includes, but is far more than, job satisfaction. A comprehensive measure of individual-level happiness might include work engagement, job satisfaction, and affective organizational commitment.

Job satisfaction has been an important variable over the last 20 years, but it is becoming less so. On the other hand happiness at work is becoming a fast growing trend. When companies discovered the importance of happiness at work, they started to turn towards happiness at work instead of job satisfaction, because employees who are happy at work get healthier creativity and high motivation.