The workplace is an environment that is destined to foster productivity and creativity. Having a supportive environment can have a tremendous impact on both employee and organizational success. Studies have shown that cultivating a culture of joy in the workplace can lead to improved performance, customer satisfaction, collaboration, and resilience. Dr. Allan Schore’s research on the emotion of joy is most profound. Dr. Schore, who is on the clinical faculty of the Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences and UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine, found that when employees experience positive emotions, such as joy, their performance reaches a higher level in terms of creativity, problem-solving, and productivity.
This work is also supported by Dr. David Hawkins, M.D., Ph.D. a nationally renowned psychiatrist, physician, researcher, teacher, and lecturer. Dr. Hawkins’s research on the Ever-Present Joy asserts that joy can boost employee morale when it is cultivated at the workplace; employees are more likely to feel better about their work and have an improved outlook on their work environment. This can lead to increased motivation and overall performance.
Research conducted by the University of Warwick in 2014 found that joy among employees improved productivity by 12%. This is because a culture of joy can help employees to harness the positive energy capable of increasing their industriousness.
Neuroscience has also found that individuals in a positive work environment are more productive, creative, and engaged. One study conducted by the University of Toronto in 2017 found that when employees experienced positive emotions at work, their performance improved by 31%. The study also found that when employees experienced feelings of joy, their performance increased by up to 38%.