Thursday, January 18, 2007

Don't worry! Be happy!

Happiness at work is such an important thing. Working in recruitment gives you a particularly clear perspective on this. Probably the number one reason people give when we ask why they are looking to change jobs is that they aren’t happy where they are currently. The root causes of this vary (no progression, bad management, don’t get on with colleagues, poor salary etc) but when it comes down to it day-to-day unhappiness is what will make someone decide – ‘That’s it, I’ve had enough!’

So how to make yourself happy at work? How to make your employees happy? How to create the perfect environment to boost happiness levels? Well I’ve found a chap who knows the answers to these questions and more!

The Chief Happiness Officer has a blog and book and both are a great read (the blog is a must-read for me and I’m halfway through the book which you can download for free). I’d highly recommend them whether you’re happy, unhappy or completely indifferent in your current situation. The CHO also has lots of tips for directors, managers and team leaders on how to motivate staff and create a positive work space (which after all is pretty much guaranteed to be beneficial to your business and ergo your bottom line).

Enjoy and be happy!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

James, I couldn't agree more. Happiness at work is vital not only to the progression of your career but also to your happiness in general, afterall, most of us spend a large proportion of our lives actually in work!
I beleive there are 3 different types of 'career' the first is a 'job'- something you do purely to pay the bills-resulting in a low 'happiness at work' score. Second is a 'career'-something you are passionate about enough to want to progress and usually have a defined path which you want to follow, resulting in an acceptable level of happiness. The third, is a vocation-to put it simply, even if you won the lottery, you would still work!!! I don't know about you, but i'm aiming for the third kind and would really like to hear from anyone who feels they are already there.