Our social technology has developed from a new way to communicate to something that changes the way we do business. According to researchers at UCLA we might not just make work better, we might actually make everybody happier and healthier.
Purpose, Happiness, Health
Steven Cole, a professor of medicine and psychiatry at the UCLA found that a high score of happiness was correlated with a better genetic expression profile. Cole’s definition of happiness depicts two forms of happiness. Hedonic happiness is a very direct form of happiness like buying a new car or getting a bouquet of flowers, which leads to an elevated mood. The more interesting form is called eudaimonic happiness and is expressed by feeling a sense of purpose and direction in life, like being part of something bigger. In his research Cole found that a high level of eudaimonic happiness had a great impact on our health, meaning the immune cells showed high rates of antiviral responses and low rates of inflammatory responses. The antiviral response helps to protect us, for example, from viruses. The inflammatory response isn’t that positive because it might cause tissue damage in an effort to keep healthy immune cells circulating in our body.
Social Triggers Your Immune System
So “feeling a sense of purpose and direction” in leading to a positive reaction of our immune system - that is huge! The very core of a social workplace is to provide employees with the right context for their work by connecting them to the right people and allow them to be part of something bigger. Based on this research, achieving this goal is not just leading to a better company, it is actually leading to a happier workforce, triggering the right buttons in our immune system and improving employee health. Wow! Maybe we need an FDA approval :-)
I am not naive to believe it is that simple but this proves that the right work environment is a crucial part of our life! Combine the rise of IoT with the fact that mobile technologies allow you to work everywhere and anytime, taking care of happiness and healthiness among your employees is going to be big.
I truly hope so! If not you might want to check-out the Sitrion Engagement Scorecard to help you to measure the level of engagement of your employees, as we learnt that could have major impacts on your happiness. Or you can simply join our upcoming webinar on how to achieve successful internal communications using our enterprise social technology.