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Happiness in the Workplace

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.”)
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.
3. Quote of the Week

“The freedom of any society varies proportionately
with the volume of its laughter.” Zero Mostel
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 . . .)
Copyright Michael Kerr, 2008.

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