Shareen Richter, guest on the Rocking Your Role Show, talks Happiness @ Work
The beginning of a new year is a great time to take stock of your work life. Did everything go the way you wanted it in 2013? Were you happy or unhappy at work? What would you like to change?
Unfortunately, most people look back and think almost exclusively in terms of what went wrong. The things they should have done. They goals they ought to have achieved. The progress that didn’t come.
We think you can achieve more by turning that around, so here is a much better way to kick off 2014 at work.
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|As Gandhi said, be the change you want to see. Together, we’ll change the world.If the Wellness drive is about getting you to work, then the Happiness at Work movement is about you optimising your performance once you’re there. Of course, there’s a whole glossary of organisational behaviour items that can be placed under either heading. But what’s important is to embrace what both can offer in a quest to alleviate the cost of poor health and misery to your organisation and to boost happiness.The United Nations ILO says that occupational stress is a ‘global epidemic’. However, some causes of stress may surprise you.Long term unfairness in the workplace, lack of autonomy at work, effort-reward imbalance, lack of social support at work, and if an employee has to deal with sustained high demand and low control, that employee is much more susceptible to mental illness, heart disease and lower back pain.|
Happiness at Work is a positive psychology approach that empowers individuals, teams and whole organisations to achieve their potential. It starts with psychological capital. This means nurturing a healthy mindset in each and every individual in the organisation. When every other measurable has been measured and your performance has plateaued at good rather than great though, it usually proves to be the people element that needs addressing. It is the single most powerful performance-enhancing consideration.
Happiness @ Work looks at your performance through the happiness lens, applying what we know about employee motivation, how to help your people make their best effort, how to enable them to engage with their roles and to feel they fit and can thrive in your organisation. Not only does this Happiness @ Work factor improve productivity, but it also counts massively towards an organisation’s Employer Brand and its ability to attract top talent.
So don’t just stop at Wellness. Take an even more proactive approach and engage with the subject of Happiness @ Work.
Happiness isn’t a fleeting idea anymore, it’s a choice to make it last!
You can view Shareen’s interview on You Tube
Jenny Garrett is the Executive Coach and founder of Reflexion Associates, a leadership and coaching consultancy. She’s also the author of Rocking Your Role, a how-to guide to success for female breadwinners.