31 Aug Add some happiness to boost your performance at work
via Forbes by Roger Trapp
It could just be an antidote to a general climate in which work is seen as all-encompassing and — thanks to technology making employees “always on” — stressful. But there seems to be a much greater willingness to talk about happiness at work — to dare to expect it even —than there used to be. Some suggest that it is all tied up with millennials and their desire for purpose and principle at work. Others go so far as to say it might be a result of bosses at last realizing that happy employees might be more productive than merely satisfied or outright disgruntled ones. But it is all well and good to talk about being happy at work. How do you achieve it? This is the challenge that Annie McKee attempts to face down with How To Be Happy At Work, shortly to be published by Harvard Business Review Press.
McKee, a senior fellow at the University of Pennsylvania, has been closely involved in the popularisation of the concept of emotional intelligence. In 2002 her book Primal Leadership, written with Daniel Goleman and Richard Boyatwzis, introduced the idea of “resonant leaders” — individuals who manage their and others’ emotions in ways that drive success — and she developed this in further books, Resonant Leadership, written with Boyatzis, and Becoming A Resonant Leader, with Boyatzis and Frances Johnston. The new book builds on an articlein Harvard Business Review in which she made the case that — even if it ever was — it was certainly no longer acceptable to be unhappy at work. As she writes early on in the book, “as the knowledge revolution takes the world by storm, more and more of us think for a living, rather than make for a living, even in manufacturing. We need our brains to work at their best, and in order for that to happen we need physical, psychological and spiritual well-being”…
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