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Productivity, Sick Leave, Days Feeling Depressed, Days Feeling

Stressed, Days Feeling Sick, Days Feeling Worried.

Results shown are from a USAID funded study to determine the efficacy of an InHappiness laughter-assisted behavior change program in a highly stressed group of healthcare workers providing care to adults and children infected/affected by HIV and AIDS. Baseline results were taken before the program started and again periodically over six months. These results from detailed and validated measures are in keeping with results from hundreds of other highly- stressed groups. For more information see “Why are these results important?” below.

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Productivity - Research confirms that happiness boosts productivity. A study by leading UK economists confirmed that unhappiness reduced productivity by 10%, while happiness increased productivity by 15%. Happy workers produced 25% more work than their unhappy counterparts (Oswald, Proto & Sgroi, 2008). In the team above, productivity increased by more than 50% during the six months after the InHappiness program was introduced compared to the seven months before.

Sick Leave costs US companies $227 billion in lost productivity each year (IBI,

2012). In addition to direct costs, companies face further disruption in not

meeting deadlines, interruptions to customer service, and additional stress on

remaining staff.

Stress and depression are major drivers of sick leave (NIPH). Sharp increases in

sick leave are being seen as a result of financial stress in the current financial

crisis.

By reducing stress, depression and worry, InHappiness programs often achieve 20-

50% decreases in days of sick leave taken.

Days Feeling Depressed — Depression is a major cause of absenteeism

and productivity loss (Johns, 2010).

Days Feeling Stressed — Stress is the leading cause of presenteeism.

Productivity loss due to presenteeism is 7.5 times greater than losses due to

absenteeism (Employers Health Coalition, 2000).

Days Feeling Sick — Presenteeism, defined as attending work while feeling

sick, is recognized as a a major cause of productivity loss (Johns, 2010). 

Days Feeling Worried — Worry is a major cause of sick leave (NIPH, 2013) 

and a major driver of stress and depression. It can wreak havoc on individual and

team performance, interfering with concentration and focus, and boosting

presenteeism.

The current economic crisis has severely ramped up worries related to financial

problems and job insecurity.

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