Mass resignations force companies to consider employees' happiness

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, employees report feeling isolated, lonely and ready to quit their jobs.
Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, employees report feeling isolated, lonely and ready to quit their jobs. Photo credit Getty Images
By , KCBS Radio

As the COVID-19 pandemic wears on, wellbeing and mental state within the office has taken a hit, prompting officials to rethink how employees interact with their workplace environment.

The pandemic has taken a toll on the nation's workforce. 75% of employees report that interacting with their boss is the worst part of their day and 40% of employees are thinking of quitting their jobs.

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The remedy is Chief Happiness Officers, Karen Guggenheim, founder of World Happiness Summit, told KCBS Radio.

CHOs are trained professionals that mediate an office space to ensure that the needs of employees are being met. "There's a whole science behind it and evidence-based tools to promote wellbeing at work," Guggenheim said.

Guggenheim explained that even though some companies may already feel overwhelmed amid the pandemic, workers' happiness needs to be addressed.

"It's a priority," she said. "If you want to succeed and innovate and increase production, you have to do it because employees are leaving."

To become a Chief Happiness Officer, World Happiness Summit offers a three day certificate program facilitated through Florida International University, a top research college in the United States.

The certification focuses on positive self leadership, stress engagement and flow, hiring and training for happiness and managing positive organization.

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