DIGITAL HAPPINESS

In Code We Trust 2 of 4

"In Code We Trust" is the second report, in a series of four, on our new research theme “Digital Happiness”. Trust is one of the six key variables that have been found to support wellbeing according to the World Happiness Report of 2018. Trust and happiness are closely related. For instance, societies that show high corruption rates, lose their trust and are amongst the unhappiest countries in the world. For our wellbeing and happiness, the trust we can put in friends and families, organizations and institutions are key. And since trust has become such an important part of the current tech-debate, we decided to investigate the concept more in depth. “Who can we trust?” and “How do we organize trust?” are the leading questions.

The Happiness Advantage

Digital happiness is rapidly becoming the new frontier of competition. New digital opportunities can make our lives easier, more efficient, safer, and more joyful. You may ask yourself where to begin and which needs to prioritize, but one thing is clear: only focussing on efficiency and effectivity is not enough anymore. Customers and employees are already two steps ahead by actually living in a happiness economy. They are becoming more selective when looking for happiness and a purpose, making the prudent use of technology an additional differentiator. Their findings and judgments are shared in reviews and ratings, giving helpful insights for shopping customers who need these happiness ratings. Enhanced by a customer-centric mindset, it is experience and emotion that are today’s differentiators. Technology empowers organizations to understand these emotions, to persuade people with hyper-personalized touch points, and to directly impact their happiness and sadness. Those who miss this societal trend will have a hard time winning the hearts of the customer and new employees. The advanced state of digitization today requires a holistic approach with the ultimate question in mind: what is the main goal of the products, services, and organization and how do they contribute to the digital happiness of the customer? In this report, we explore three key questions. First, what is the potential advantage of aiming for happiness? Second, how does digital technology impact our individual happiness? And third, what role must organizations play as guardians of the happiness of their customers and employees?

*Opinions expressed on this blog reflect the writer’s views and not the position of the Sogeti Group