13 Mar Why happiness at work is important
Within The Happiness Institute we have a very important division that for various reasons I don't talk about a lot here on this blog. But this division makes up a big part of what we do and it addresses a bit part of most people's lives.
Positive Leadership Development (HERE) is the part of our business that addresses happiness at work – or in more technical terms, applies the principles of positive psychology to organisations and businesses.
Why is this important?
Well, for one thing, most of us spend a significant part of our waking lives in the workplace and so if happiness is something we desire then we ignore this part of our lives at our peril.
Just as importantly, here at The Happiness Institute and Positive Leadership Development, we believe that (in simple terms) happy workers are better workers (and by better we mean more energised and more productive and more collaborative etcetera etcetera!).
So it really is in everyone's interests to create and maintain a positive culture at work which is why I thought I'd share this interesting article with you today. It comes from Positive Psychology News Daily and it begins like this…
John manages a team that makes sales over the phone. Telesales can be a very boring job since upwards of half of the day can be spent on hold waiting to speak to the right person. It can also be very demoralizing, especially when money is tight and sales are scarce.
Yet all of John’s salespeople love their jobs, and they have very strong sales records. John’s winning strategy is to give his employees enough leeway to do the job “their way.” As long as they earn more for the company than they are paid in salary, they can do as they wish. Thus, all of the employees can use their respective strengths to earn sales, find their own ways to avoid boredom, and choose how to stay organized and on-task. Moreover, John encourages his employees to share tips and to help each other through difficulties, which results in a strong, close-knit team that helps each other to sell-sell-sell. One of John’s employees had the company record for number of sales in a month. John has almost no turnover at all—even his seasonal employees keep coming back to help make money for the firm.
Across the many companies with which I have worked, successes like John’s are few and far between. Yet the level of achievement, engagement, satisfaction, and effort that John’s management style inspires in his employees provides an excellent example of how positive psychology can productively influence the workplace. Having spent several years analyzing companies and conducting research, I decided to write an overview of research about specific areas of focus that can help firms to build a strong foundation of top-notch human capital.
For a company to succeed, employees need to be creative, proactive, and driven to do good work. Employees need to be effective in their collaborations, efficient in their production, and feel valuable to the company as contributors to its bottom line. Odds are, many who read that description wish it were true for their companies. There are ways based on research in positive psychology for companies to get there. Here are some of the focus areas to consider…
…keep reading the full and original article HERE
If you're interested in what we can do to help you boost morale and engagement in your workplace then forward this on to your HR Manager (or equivalent) or simply get in touch via the Positive Leadership Develpment website (HERE) of directly with firstname.lastname@example.org.