Happiness in the Workplace

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1. The Pursuit of Happiness

In this bottom-line, dog-eat-dingo, hyperactive, go-go-go, Donald
Trumpesque (yes, it’s a word) world of work, does the pursuit
of happiness at work really matter? According to author Gretchen
Rubin, the goal of a happy workplace is anything but trivial.
Rubin’s research suggests:
– teams perform better with happier people, happier people are
viewed as friendlier, and are more likely to help others and get
help when needed.
– happier leaders are viewed as more self-confident and assertive
– upbeat employees “infect” fellow employees with their mood
– happier people tend to come up with more ideas while problem-
solving, and are more likely to set loftier goals for themselves
– happier people tend to be healthier people

So, don’t worry, be happy! If only it were that simple.
As we’ve chatted about oh-so-many times, we need to remember
that an attitude of fun, humor and happiness is both a means of
achieving greater success at work, but it’s also the end result
of working in a successful, respectful, humane work environment.

(And while we’re on the topic, please recall the words of Herm
Albright: “A positive attitude may not solve all your problems,
but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort.”)
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2. Mike’s Fun at Work Tip

In a recent survey of employee pet peeves, 22% said their biggest
workplace pet peeve was employees using their Blackberrys
during meetings. So hand out a “Golden Thumb” awards to anyone
caught using their Blackberry during a meeting or employee event
as a fun way to remind folks to focus on the here and now.
Alternatively, I’ve had clients who’ve voted people out of the
meeting (“Survivor-style”), made them pay $20.00 into a charity
fund, or, my personal favorite, have the offender dance an Irish
jig or sing an Elvis song.
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3. Quote of the Week

“The freedom of any society varies proportionately
with the volume of its laughter.” Zero Mostel
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4. It’s a Wacky, Wacky, World

The following sign appears on a furniture store in Virginia:
“Antique tables made here daily.” Yup, nothing like a brand
spankin’ new antique to dress up the joint.

Happy Hump Day everyone. And happy National Karaoke Week!
(I’m off to the shower right now to practice my singing . . .)
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Copyright Michael Kerr, 2008. mike@mikekerr.com www.mikekerr.com

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