Happiness is not a joke in management. I am damn serious.
Happy companies will succeed. Happy companies will grow and happy companies will innovate new products.
The present & future of any organization lies in the happiness levels of its employees.
Performance & Happiness are deeply connected. Read more to understand the power of happiness@work…
Can you answer this question?
Which of the following types of persons would you prefer to have in greater numbers in your organization?
A. Happy Low Performers
B. Unhappy Low Performers
C. Unhappy High Performers
D. Happy High Performers
E. All of the above.
I am sure, you would choose “D”.
Look at this at this matrix by Dr.Charles D Kerns which reveals the happiness & Performance matrix.
Higher the positive experience, higher is the performance.
Happiness at work is that feeling you get when you:
Enjoy what you do
Do great work you can feel proud of & tell others what you do
Work with amazing people/mentors
Know that what you do is important
Are appreciated/recognized for your work
Get to take more responsibility
Have fun at work
Learn and grow
Make a difference in lives of customers, colleagues & family members
Feel motivated and energized
Feel part of something larger than life
Most of us already know that feeling. We have been there at least some of the time in our working or business lives. The question is:How to get MORE of it?
Just Imagine the other way…
You wake up early on Monday morning and feel it’s going to be a wonderful week. You are going to have one full week of fun, happiness & productivity at work without getting stressed.You eagerly look forward to work with your boss, co-workers, colleagues whom you admire a lot etc.
You are ready to make a positive difference in everybody’s life out there at work-spot. Best part is you come happily & satisfied to spend quality time with your family & kids.
WOW! Amazing way to balance work & life.
So, the key question here, why be happy at work? What’s in it for me…
Because happyness@work ensures
- More drive and motivation.
- Have clear sense of direction
- Better relations with co-workers
- More success
- More creativity and good ideas
- More energy
- Better health
- Less stress
- Much more fun
- More meaning & purpose in work
- Achieving desired results
- More positive experiences than negative experiences
- More grateful and not carry grudges on the past events or people
- Become more optimistic
- You Talk, act & behave in ways which promotes performance & happiness
- More happy feeling about the workplace
And its not just good for people.
Global Organizations have understood the importance of inner well-being & happiness at the work-spot. More and more businesses are finding that things go better with happiness and that happy companies have:
Higher productivityhappy people achieve better results.
Higher qualitybecause happy employees care about quality.
Lower absenteeismpeople actually want to go to work.
Less stress and burnouthappy people are less prone to stress.
The best peoplepeople want to work for happy companies.
Higher saleshappy people are the best salespeople.
Higher customer satisfactionhappy employees are the best basis for good service.
More creativity and innovationhappy people are more creative.
More adaptabilityhappy people are much more adaptive and open to change.
Better stock performance and higher profitsfor all of the above reasons.
Simply put: Happy companies are more efficient and make more money. And they make people happy, which is of course a goal in itself.
Now, ask yourself
Are you happy@work?
Take this simple self assessment survey to find your happiness levels at work-spot.
Instructions: Use this survey to assess your performance and happiness in your current work place on the dimensions cited below. Rate yourself on a scale of 1 to 10 (“10″ being the highest or “very true) for each dimension.
1. I have a clear direction.
2. I am motivated by that direction.
3. I am focused on what is important.
4. I am focused on what I can influence
5. I am linked to the necessary resources to execute key actions.
6. I act in ways that promote performance.
7. I achieve agreed upon results.
8. I act in ways that promote positivity.
9. I am significantly engaged in my work.
10. I find meaning/purpose in my work.
11. I have more positive than negative experiences at work.
12. I look at the past gratefully.
13. I practice forgiveness.
14. I look into the future with optimism.
15. I am happy about my work place.
© Copyright, 2007, Charles D. Kerns, PhD
Score of 8 or above indicates higher performance & happiness levels. Score of 5 or below indicates opportunity for development or change.
From today on-wards, let’s follow this simple technique.
Before you leave office, take a sheet of paper(or even on your comp), list down 5-10 good things that happened on that day. Talking nice to your colleagues, had a healthy or sumptuous lunch, got a new sale, solved an issue, making a deadline, successful client servicing, able to inspire one colleague, appreciated somebody & felt happy etc.
You can maintain this as a happiness log or happyness@work journal also. Since many of us have the tendency to remember the negative experience, it’s better to remember the positive one by writing in this journal.
Writing at-least 5 good things means, 100 in a month & 1200 positive things in one full year. This list will pep you up, motivate you and above you will surely even help you during half-yearly or annual appraisals.
Remember, the last 5 minutes of every single work day will determine your happiness at work.
Happyness@work = Super charged, Exciting, Rewarding, Energizing, Fun.
Job satisfaction = Booooooooring!