A new study conducted by researchers at University of Warwick reveals that keeping employees happy can lead to a rise in productivity and added that Google leads the way in ensuring good mood among its employees, in turn enjoying a 12 percent increase in productivity.
The researchers selected a group of more than 700 employees and conducted a series of tests, including allowing them to watch a comedy video strip, providing them with free chocolates, drinks and fruit and asking them about recent family tragedies like bereavements.
The researchers found that employees who were happy seemed to make use of their time more effectively and also increased their speed of work without compromising on their quality. The study has been published in the Journal of Labor Economics.
"Companies like Google have invested more in employee support and employee satisfaction has risen as a result. For Google, it rose by 37%, they know what they are talking about. Under scientifically controlled conditions, making workers happier really pays off", lead researcher Professor Andrew Oswald said.