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Embracing Sustainability Enhances Organisational Happiness and Productivity, Finds New Study

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In recent years, the intersection of environmental sustainability and organisational happiness has garnered significant attention from both academic and corporate circles. This convergence aims not only to enhance employee well-being but also to promote a sustainable business model that contributes positively to the global environmental agenda. The study detailed here investigates how integrating sustainability into corporate strategies influences happiness and overall productivity within organisations.

The findings were published in the journal Management Decision. 

Organisational happiness, once considered a peripheral human resource theme, has now become a critical aspect of strategic management in leading companies worldwide. The study emphasises that businesses which adopt sustainability and environmentally friendly practices report not only higher levels of employee happiness but also improved performance and loyalty among their staff. This trend is backed by extensive research that shows a direct correlation between a company’s environmental responsibility and its internal satisfaction levels.

The research methodology incorporated a comprehensive bibliometric analysis, using both the Web of Science and Scopus databases, supplemented by qualitative data obtained through interviews with key researchers in the field. This dual approach allowed for a nuanced exploration of how sustainability is being integrated into corporate practices and its effect on organisational happiness.

Some of the key findings of the study are: 

  • Increasing importance of sustainability. The study highlights that over half of the publications on happiness management now also discuss environmental aspects. This indicates a growing recognition of the role the environment plays in shaping organisational policies and practices geared towards employee well-being.
  • Impact on productivity. Companies that embrace environmental sustainability strategies see not only an enhancement in their corporate social responsibility profile but also significant gains in productivity. This improvement is attributed to higher levels of employee engagement and satisfaction, stemming from their perception of the company’s commitment to ethical practices.
  • Future research directions. The research identifies several areas for future studies, particularly the need for a deeper understanding of how specific sustainable practices affect different aspects of organisational happiness and employee well-being.

The study advises companies to consider sustainability not just as a compliance or marketing tool but as a fundamental component of their organisational development strategies. Implementing robust environmental policies is shown to boost employee morale and happiness, which in turn enhances loyalty and productivity, creating a virtuous cycle of growth and sustainability.

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