Workplace Happiness – Is It Possible?

“We need to be engaged at work in order to be happy in all areas of our life” – Kevin Kruse

According to Gallup, 86% of engaged employees say they very often feel happy at work and 45% of the engaged say they get a great deal of their life happiness from work. (Source) It’s no surprise, then, that happier employees tend to be more productive.

But where does happiness come from? What is happiness?

Many of us tend to pursue the dream of happiness as if it’s an attainable, physical object. Others believe that happiness comes from the attitude you choose to adhere to in any given situation. Whatever your approach, happiness is something we all desire on a personal and professional level.

Today we’re sharing some of our favorite articles on happiness and work by thought leaders whose work we admire and learn from! Here is a round-up of our top 5 pieces:

1. What’s the Difference Between Happiness and Employee Engagement?

by Kevin Kruse

“Someone can be happy at work, but not ‘engaged’. Just because they’re happy doesn’t mean they are working hard on behalf of the company. They can be happy and unproductive. When someone is engaged, it means they are emotionally committed to their company and their work goals.” Read more.

2. 6 Ways to Find Happiness at Work

by James Clear

“It’s easy to fall into this trap of mediocrity. The good news is that life doesn’t have to be perfect for you to find happiness at work. Finding happiness is as much about the decisions and actions you take as it is about having good things happen to you. And remember, if you don’t enjoy your life, change it! Doing the same thing today will create the same results tomorrow.” Read more.

3. Four Keys to Happiness in Your Job

by Gary Swart

“What matters most to the person being hired? I believe that there are four main things that help make people happy with their jobs: 1) Impact, 2) Growth and Development, 3) Financial Reward and 4) Work-Life Balance.” Read more.

4. Why Your Friends Shape Your Happiness, Creativity, and Career

by Drake Baer

“The people we know affect us in subtly major ways: for one, they help us land gigs. For two, they shape our behavior: if you’re someone who’s endlessly assessing things, then it’s a good idea to pair up (personally or professionally) with someone inclined toward action (though you may drive yourself crazy for a while). Third, they shape our ideas.” Read More.

 And now for the science behind all this…

5. 10 Things to Stop Doing to Yourself to be Happier, Backed by Science

by James Clear

As you might expect, it’s dangerous to work too much. In Japan, the overtime and workplace stress has become so bad that they actually have a label for the people who die because of it: karoshi, which literally means “death by overwork.”  Healthy life and workplace habits can play a significant role in your happiness.  Read more.

How does your company create opportunities to cultivate workplace happiness?  Share you thoughts in the comments below!

-Lolly Fitzpatrick

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