By now you have likely heard that employee engagement, satisfaction and happiness are linked to productivity and overall company performance, but why is that the case?

According to research in a recent article from Fast Company, it all comes down to creativity. Individuals who are happier are more man-597178_640creative and better at solving problems. These are two key features of a successful organization. Happy employees also make the best leaders. In fact, happy employees overall are better at making decisions, managing their time and inspiring others.

This is critical to remember when you are evaluating employee happiness at your company. Don’t forget about your leaders. Their happiness is just as important (if not more important) than other employees. Not only are good leaders difficult to replace, they also have a great impact on the happiness and engagement of the employees they lead.

Happiness is critical to productivity. This means that paying an employee a high salary is not enough to guarantee high performance. In order to get the most out of your employees you have to ensure they are happy. How do you do that? Get to know your employees. Understand what they value and focus on those things. And make sure to let them know they are appreciated (check out our Employee Recognition Toolkit for ideas).

Looking for more ideas? Contact an HR Business Partner at A Plus Benefits is 1-800-748-5102.