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Happiness at work doesn't just depend on your employer

http://theconversation.com/happiness-at-work-doesnt-just-depend-on-your-employer-97036

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Happiness at work doesn't just depend on your employer
When Google promoted a software engineer named Chade-Meng Tan to the role of "Jolly Good Fellow", his career - and the entire culture of Silicon Valley - took a sharp turn. Meng, a cheerful employee valued for his motivational qualities, went from developing mobile search tools to spreading happiness across the organisation.

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The benefit of happy employees

Organisations investing heavily in fostering a happiness culture see a good return on investment.
  • Happy employees are productive employees and productive employees generate more profit.
  • Happy employees don’t look to jump ship. This cuts recruitment costs, further increasing profits.

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Fostering well-being

Fostering well-being

There is a real difference between happiness gimmicks and working in a well-being culture: 

  • one that values people
  • one that manages them by praise and reward rather than fault-finding
  • one that enables them to work flexibly and provides them with work-life balance.

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Working remotely

Working remotely
A 2017 study found that 57% of start-up businesses had at least one member who worked remotely, either from home or wherever they happened to want to work.

An added benefit here is the implied trust and autonomy of allowing staff to work remotely may contribute more to their happiness than dragging them into an office stocked with free coffee and fruit.

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Personality types

Personality types

Research shows that employee happiness is determined by their personalities as well. Employees with the highest number of good days at work:

  • scored highly on positive emotions and enthusiasm
  • lower on depressive tendencies like sadness, hopelessness, and loneliness 
  • those who “begin tasks and carry them through”.

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In a fundamental sense, workplace happiness comes when:

  • We enjoy doing the tasks assigned to us
  • We feel right about the people we are working with
  • We are happy with the financial benefits we get from the job
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  • We feel respected and acknowledged at work

Importance Of Happiness At Work

Happy employees are compulsory for a growing business.

A study on organizational success revealed that employees who feel happy in the workplace are 65% more energetic than employees who don’t. They are two times more productive and are more likely to sustain their jobs over a long period of time.

Finding happiness at work

Not only is it possible to find happiness at work, but that doing so is unambiguously good. 

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  • they believe that their presence in the world matters.

4 key pillars of happiness at work

  1. Purpose. Our purpose is a reflection of our core values, and we feel more purposeful at work when our everyday behaviors and decisions are aligned with those values.
  2. Engagement. Prioritise some fun. Take ownership of decisions that affects you. Adopt a flow at work.
  3. Resilience. The ability to handle, adapt to, and productively learn from setbacks, failures, and disappointments.
  4. Kindness. Being kind at work involves treating others with dignity and respect, extending empathy and compassion, practicing gratitude, and constructively managing conflicts.