Economists are becoming increasingly interested in the question of happiness and how it affects business performance.
Gallup Management Journal recently published some rather intuitive research, indicating happy employees are better equipped to handle workplace relationships, stress, and change.
Also published here are definitions (and percentages) of engaged, not engaged, and actively disengaged employees.
BOTTOMLINE: 77% of engaged workers strongly agreed with the statement "My supervisor focuses on my strengths or positive characteristics." 86% of engaged employees said their interactions with coworkers were always positive or mostly positive. A majority of engaged workers (61%) said they feel challenged very often. Almost 4 in 10 engaged employees (39%) indicated that they rarely or never feel frustrated at work. 54% of engaged workers felt more secure at work than they did a year ago.