Why happy teams are high performing teams

Why happy teams are high performing teams

In my experience, leaders of high performing teams make their team smile and laugh three times more than low performing teams. Having fun is an essential element of high performance.

According to research by Harvard, the most successful teams have discovered subtle methods to use social relationships to fuel their performance throughout the epidemic. The findings provide valuable insight into how any firm may nurture better connectivity to create higher-performing teams, even in a remote or hybrid work environment. It requires more than just recruiting the appropriate people and providing them with the tools they need to execute their jobs. It necessitates the development of honest and authentic interactions showing genuine care.

Researchers have long recognised that three psychological demands are vital for creating exceptional workplaces and high-performing teams: autonomy, competence, and relatedness. People who are mentally fulfilled are healthier, happier, and more productive.

Research published by the Society for Knowledge Economics in October 2011 showcases that high-performance workplaces – feel more in a reward state than low performing workplaces. This is a study of 5,400 executives who found that working in a company where they feel valued, proud, optimistic, cheerful and supported results in high-performing workplaces, whereas working in a company where they feel anxious, worried, depressed, inadequate, and fearful results in low-performing workplaces.

Why do businesses require high-performing teams?

Efficient teams are the characteristic of a market-leading company that attracts top talent. Having a well-coordinated, high-performing workforce may help you stand out in your sector and secure your company’s long-term success.

Why are happy workers more productive?

Happiness boosts productivity by increasing employee engagement, which means happier people are more present. They are better aware of the company’s operations and systems and pay greater attention to client demands.

According to research from the University of Warwick (18th Oct 2021), happiness makes individuals more productive at work. Economists conducted a series of studies to see if happy employees worked more, and they discovered that pleasure increased productivity by roughly 12% in the lab. 

What makes a happy team?

A happy team receives regular feedback and has open lines of communication.

Leaders make time for feedback regularly and ensure that communication is honest, sincere, and transparent. Communication is essential in an atmosphere where teamwork thrives and has fun and laughter.

How to retain happy and productive employees

Discuss how leaders can lead more effectively by harnessing neuroscience.

Leaders can lead more effectively by harnessing neuroscience practices on how to engage their team members in brain-friendly ways, including

  • Make work-life balance a priority – understand what’s important to each team member as no two brains are the same, even if similar.
  • Allow for flexible work schedules where possible.
  • Provide career training and development opportunities for growth that matches their career goals
  • Create a positive work environment – regardless of working remotely, hybrid or in the actual workplace
  • Recognise and reward employees for their effort – based on how they like to be rewarded
  • Provide a wide range of benefits to select from to cater for a diverse range of needs
  • Encourage brain breaks as a healthy performance habit and culture.


To learn more, buy the book REWIRE for SUCCESS – an easy guide for using neuroscience to improve choices for work, life and well-being or contact Vannessa, Founder of Link Success, for coaching, training, profiling and keynote speaking services.