On The Job Happiness & How to Achieve It. Part I
On The Job Happiness & How to Achieve It – Part I
Monetary rewards aside, how happy are you at work? If the answer to that question is a positive one, then all of your hard work and dedication has paid off, and well worth the struggles that have (and surely will continue to) arise along the way. If the answer is no, then your professional success matters less, as you may be failing to fulfill your ultimate goals in life and at work; to improve your happiness quotient and achieve your “personal best” professionally speaking. But what constitutes happiness at work? What should you reasonably require of your employer? Join us in part 1, of a 2 part series, On The Job Happiness & How to Achieve It.
Few will argue that working on becoming happier is one of their most cherished goals in life, and that the contagious nature of happiness can spread from the home, to the workplace, and into the community. Research suggests, working on becoming happier will not only make a person feel better but will help in fostering better relationships and fuel higher productivity (personally and professionally). It is key to work with other leaders and managers who are interested in your personal well being and happiness on the job, just as the employer will evaluate your performance. At least as often as your manager appraises your performance on behalf of the company, you should audit them on behalf of your personal wellbeing.
Here are 5 (of 10) important ingredients to consider regarding On The Job Happiness & How to Achieve It:
- Happiness is a personal experience: Large organizations often expect people to mold themselves to the demands of the jobs rather than making the most of what each individual’s talents and skill sets. The need for individualization and personal engagement are key ingredient to help keep employees motivated, and feel appreciated for their individual contributions.
- You can dare to be fearless. Few emotions are more personally corrosive than fear. Some executives often fail to appreciate the impact of punishment for innocent failures, or how being on the receiving end of a manager’s flaring temper, can have on an employee. Companies that make their employees feel fearless do it by strengthening their confidence and credentials so they don’t fear the consequences of reprimand, rather they feel encouraged to be creative and think of new and improved ways to achieve greater success for the organization.
- It’s not all about the paycheck – although it helps: Most organizations are make no apologies for pursuing their financial objectives, and hopefully, paying top executives generously to achieve them. You firm should also concern itself with your financial trajectory, as much as it expects you to concern yourself with its revenue and profitability. Point being, to be paid fairly puts the issue of compensation comfortably in the background so both you and your employer can happily concentrate on the business at hand, rather than creating distractions and building resentments for being unfairly paid for the work required.
- All work and no play – not good: In today’s frenetic paced world – it is even more important to our happiness to thrive on and off the job. Much of the research on employee effectiveness indicates that much time beyond 40 hours, in a week spent working, is counter-productive. Further you may be more prone to errors, which could actually create issues that will impact cost productivity later. If the demands of your job make it impossible to set limits – or to have some sort of life outside of work – you should take a step back and consider the relationship you have with your company.
- A contemporary company culture – a real value add: What makes a corporation or company a “cool” place to work differs from one person to another, but the research is clear that a contemporary company culture is expected today, and considered to be part of the workplace bargain. An increased cool factor might come from getting to work on cutting-edge projects, learning from brilliant colleagues, escaping the routine with a creative task. What constitutes cool is a personal decision, but there nothing wrong with expecting a spark from, and to feel passionate about the place you work. After all, for most it’s the place where the bulk of waking hours are spent.
Remember – you have every reason to seek to work happier! And, to work in an environment where individuality is valued, hard work is rewarded, and congratulations are always awarded for a job well done – now that’s cool! Be sure to stay tuned for Part 2 on the discussion of; On The Job Happiness & How to Achieve It!