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Is it too much to ask to be “happy” at work?

Is it too much to ask to be “happy” at work?

“Happiness”

  1. the quality or state of being happy
  2. good fortune; pleasure; contentment; joy

 “To be happy”

Also described as “fulfillment,” “life satisfaction” or “feeling good.” A happy life is built with experiences of pleasant mood, meaning and engagement        

 

Recent reports indicate that the mood in many organizations has turned sour. The economic climate and layoffs breed feelings of fear and mistrust.   People are more concerned with “watching their backs” and “not being the next to go” than they are about doing the best job they can. Irritability ad Rudeness among staff is on the rise and studies show that a person is 80% more likely to be rude to a coworker if they have been treated rudely by someone else.

Lets face it, happy workers = a happy bottom line. Happy workers are fulfilled; they feel good about their jobs, know their work has meaning and are more engaged and committed. Studies show that productivity, creativity, problem-solving skills and collaboration all increase in a positive work environment. So why don’t more organizations capitalize on this concept and create a win-win impact to their bottom line?

It’s similar to wellness programs supported by many organizations. The organization wins because there is less absenteeism and reduced healthcare costs and the employees win because they are helped to lead healthier lives. A similar investment in its people that the organization can make is to support a positive work environment. The company is rewarded with increased communications, trust, productivity and employee engagement and the employees are happier, have better personal relationships, and even statistically live longer.

Companies focus on “economical capital” and “human capital”, now it is time to add “psychological capital” to the mix.