The phrase “a happy employee is a productive employee” is well known. Research supports that happy employees are productive employees over the long-term. However, the word “happy” is often misunderstood to mean “content” or “complacent.” Recent research by Gretchen Spreitzer and Christine Porath at the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business’s Center for Positive Organizational Scholarship have identified “thriving” as a word that more accurately represents the concept. In a recent article in the Harvard Business Review they discuss the results of some of their recent research. Thriving employees (not just happy) are ones that feel not only committed to their own success and their own future, but they feel committed to the future of their organization as well. They combine a unique combination of vitality and desire for learning, allowing them to be highly energized, while at the same time able to manage that energy without burning out.
Why should you care about having thriving employees?
· They reported 16 percent better performance
· They are less likely to burn out than their peers
· They reported being 46 percent more satisfied with their jobs
Don’t take these employees for granted though. If they sound appealing to you, just imagine how they sound to your competition.