Friday, April 20, 2007

Be Chief Happiness Officer in your company

Some time ago, I wrote about 'happiness index' of different nationalities. This week, i saw a blog - a blog dedicated to happiness in working life. Author, Alexander Kjerulf,writes and consults on happiness at work and has wonderfully scripted all the aspects about happiness in a workpalce.
I agree when he says ' loving what you do is just that damn important! '. He mentions 10 most important reasons why happiness at work is the hallmark of the productivity at work place .

1. Happy people work better with others. Happy people are a lot more fun to be around and consequently have better relations at work. This translates into:
Better teamwork with your colleagues
Better employee relations if you’re a manager
More satisfied customers if you’re in a service job
Improved sales if you’re a sales person

2. Happy people are more creative. If your productivity depends on being able to come up with new ideas, you need to be happy at work.
3. Happy people fix problems instead of complaining about them. When you don’t like your job, every molehill looks like a mountain. It becomes difficult to fix any problem without agonizing over it or complaining about it first. When you’re happy at work and you run into a snafu - you just fix it.

4. Happy people have more energy. Happy people have more energy and are therefore more efficient at everything they do.

5. Happy people are more optimistic . Happy people have a more positive, optimistic outlook, and as research shows optimists are way more successful and productive. It’s the old saying “Whether you believe you can or believe you can’t, you’re probably right” all over again.

6. Happy people are way more motivated. Low motivation means low productivity, and the only sustainable, reliable way to be motivated at work is to be happy and like what you do.

7. Happy people get sick less often. Getting sick is a productivity killer and if you don’t like your job you’re more prone to contract a long list of diseases including ulcers, cancer and diabetes. You’re also more prone to workplace stress and burnout.

8. Happy people learn faster. When you’re happy and relaxed, you’re much more open to learning new things at work and thereby increasing your productivity.

9. Happy people worry less about making mistakes - and consequently make fewer mistakes. When you’re happy at work the occasional mistake doesn’t bother you much. You pick yourself up, learn from it and move on. You also don’t mind admitting to others that you screwed up - you simply take responsibility, apologize and fix it. This relaxed attitude means that less mistakes are made, and that you’re more likely to learn from them.

10. Happy people make better decisions. Unhappy people operate in permanent crisis mode. Their focus narrows, they lose sight of the big picture, their survival instincts kick in and they’re more likely to make short-term, here-and-now choices. Conversely, happy people make better, more informed decisions and are better able to prioritize their work.

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Anonymous lyndonmaxewell said...

I agree.. And the only solution to that is... letting yourself loose and laugh! I see all too many people frowning these days, which is pretty sad for me. :( The world needs more joy to move on!

2:04 AM  
Blogger M said...

I like this idea of bringing more happiness into the workplace... There's always that tumult and if you can bring a positive attitude in, there is a chance of survival!

12:11 PM  
Anonymous stephine said...

I loved your "workplace and happiness" post. so true. stephanie

2:13 PM  

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