How Happiness Can Improve Productivity

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CHAPTER (1) INTRODUCTION 1.1 Background Being happy is vital to most people, and happiness has been found to be a highly valued goal in most societies (Diener 2000). Happiness, in the form of joy, appears in every typology of basic human emotions. Feeling happy is fundamental to human experience, and most people are at least mildly happy much of the time (Diener and Diener 1996). As people are the greatest asset for any organization, being happy is very important to people and it has been found to be a valuable goal in most societies. Therefore, happiness in the form of pleasant moods and emotions, well-being, and positive attitude has been interested throughout psychology research. Moreover, the interest in happiness also broad to workplace experiences. For many years now, both organizational researchers and practitioners have been interested in employee happiness on a number of workplace outcomes. There are various claims about the effect of happiness on productivity. Some people think that the enjoyment of life can produce involvement and smooth interaction. Therefore, it can boost productivity. Others rather expect that happiness will reduce the motivation to seek improvement and make them passive and dull. Comparing with other organization, construction industry has the highest need of human resources for all hierarchical levels. It is one of the largest global employment sectors, providing work for a significant proportion of the labour market and accounting for a
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