I want to leave you with a happy thought for the weekend. As you can see in the chart below, happy people tend to be more productive in work.
My take: First of all, it’s important to have happy employees. So make sure that you are screening out unhappy people during the recruiting and hiring process. Also, design your company environment and operations to encourage employees to be happy. It might make sense for the executive team to discuss employee happiness on a regular basis.
Psychologist Shawn Achor, in his TED Talk: The Happy Secret to Better Work, describes that happiness is what leads to success at work, although we often think about it working in the other direction. So it might make sense to follow his advice for creating your own personal happiness:
- For 21 days, write down thee things you are grateful for
- Journaling one positive experience per day
- Random acts of kindness, write one positive email praising or thanking somebody in their social support network.
The bottom line: I hope that you have a happy weekend, you deserve it!