It may sound obvious, but science proves that happier employees are good for business.

It’s highly beneficial for companies to create a happy, healthy work environment for their employees, and better benefits are a key factor in fostering a solid work vibe. Validation and trust are tops. And creative benefits packages and HSA contributions as well as other perks rank way above salary. Here are 5 bonuses to keeping employees happy:

1. BETTER DECISION -MAKING ABILITIES 

People are better equipped to make decisions when they are cheerful. On-the-job difficulties engender some degree of fear and nervousness in most of humanity, but satisfied people can return to their original mood faster after being faced with adversity.

2. HAPPY PEOPLE SELL & PRODUCE MORE 

A simple search on Google of “happy people, productivity, success, business”  returns countless articles and several studies showing how happy workers are more productive.  The expression of positive emotions can be an effective bargaining tool.

3. GREATER INNOVATION 

There’s strong evidence showing a correlation between happiness and creativity. Some studies have shown that happy employees have higher levels of creativity than unhappy ones. Being happy can free up the brain, allowing for increased mental flexibility and imagination.

4. REDUCTION IN LOST PRODUCTIVITY 

Happy people are healthier. When employees take less sick leave, they are more productive, thus improving the bottom line.

5. BETTER CUSTOMER SERVICE 

This is a no-brainer. People like happy people. And when it comes to customer service, businesses need to be cheery. When employees’ morale is high, customer interactions reflect it. Happy people are the perfect people-pleasers for customer service-based roles.

As an employer, you can spend time and money on many aspects of your business, but your workforce may be your best investment of all.  Again, feedback, open communication and opportunities to grow rank high, but so do creative perks and benefits packages, including HSA contributions and healthy opportunities.