Archive | January, 2012

Are you happy at work?

31 Jan

We have spoken about the importance of having control or a say about what happens in our workplace. We spend more time at work than we do at home having quality time with our family or friends. It is important that we have a positive connection with the people we work with. You are only as happy or successful as the people you are surrounded with. Look at your workplace and gauge your satisfaction levels with were you work. If you are happy with where you work then Happy Days. If you are not then changes need to be made. If your organization is not willing to put the wellbeing of its staff before all else then it’s time to take control of your life and find an organization that will. We spend too long at work to put up with a soul destroying existence each day. Happiness is more important than that.

These questions below might help with your decision.

Are you happy at work?

This test is a rough guide. It explores your feelings about your boss and colleagues, the pressure of your workload, your autonomy and control, and work-life balance issues. Circle the answers that best fit the statements.

1. My boss tells me when I do a good job

a) Rarely b) sometimes c) often

2. I am given a great deal of discretion in how I do my job

a) Rarely b) sometimes c) often

3. There is pressure at the office for me to work long hours

a) Rarely b) sometimes c) often

4. My job provides me with a lot of variety

a) Rarely b) sometimes c) often

5. My work colleagues are very supportive

a) Rarely b) sometimes c) often

6. I look forward to coming to work

a) Rarely b) sometimes c) often

7. I am overloaded at work

a) Rarely b) sometimes c) often

8. I get stressed from my job

a) Rarely b) sometimes c) often

9. I feel secure in my job and in the organisation

a) Rarely b) sometimes c) often

10. I feel valued by my organisation

a) Rarely b) sometimes c) often

Award points as follows: 1. a)1 b)2 c)3; 2. a)1 b)2 c)3; 3. a)3 b)2 c)1; 4.a)1 b)2 c)3; 5. a)1 b)2 c)3; 6. a)1 b)2 c)3; 7. a)3 b)2 c)1; 8. a)3 b)2 c)1;9. a)1 b)2 c)3; 10. a)1 b)2 c)3.

23-30: You go to work whistling a happy tune, probably to the irritation of colleagues and friends.

17-23: Work can have its ups and downs, but by and large you make it through the day unscathed.

10-16: It might be time to start dusting off the CV and browsing the job ads – but then you probably already know that …

Why workplaces provide more than pay to many of us.

24 Jan

What have you done today to make someone else feel good about themselves? Today was spent with patients in a local mental health hospital. It was a wonderful experience and very grounding to understand that sometimes what is most important in our lives is the feeling that we are cared for and we matter. The content of what we talked about today fell into the background in comparison to the feeling we experience from meeting up with other people in a non judgemental environment, communicating and being part of a mini community for a while.

Loneliness is the biggest problem in todays society. We may feel that it is a god send to be technologically connected but in truth we are emotionally very disconnected if we do not experience human interaction. We in truth don’t want self service checkouts at our supermarket. We long for a social interaction with the person we are purchasing our products from. We rarely receive this. The day of visiting a shop to purchase an item and also getting the news of births deaths and marriages within the town has slipped in larger urban areas. This has been clinically removed in our shopping experience as a time versus money argument and money always wins out.

Now more than ever we need to look out for each other. The workplace is as important a place as any where. I remember a company I worked for had an employee that had worked for the company all her life. She was 65 now and had worked for the same company for 50 years. She retired on a Friday with gifts from her friends and a shake of the hand from the HR manager. The following Monday morning she turned up for work as she usually did for the past 50 years. Not because she loved her job more than anything but because she lived alone and work was more than a place to be employed and get paid. It was somewhere to escape the loneliness of home. She returned each morning for the next week…

That it is vital that we make the places that we work a place were people feel connected, happy and accepted. We never know how important it is to the person sitting near us in the office.

We still need to ask that question each day. What have you done to make someone feel good about themselves today?

The Pig of Happiness

16 Jan

The Pig of Happiness.

Happiness Classes

13 Jan

Happiness Workshop  Feb 2012

We are looking forward to our Happiness Workshops in Carlow Feb 2012. Happy days

Why happy people are vital for your workplace.

11 Jan

What is it about people with a more positive disposition that we like. We like to be around them. We like their energy and the ice they break in stressful situations.  In short we like happy people. This does not have to mean the person that is scaring the hell out of the rest of the group because they are more Jim Carey than Jim Carey in “Cable guy”.

Here are a couple of reasons why having happy people not only in our social group but also in our company makes absolute sense.

Happy people get on better with others.

  • They lighten up situations where a breakthrough is needed.
  • They work well within teams.
  • We are more likely to buy products and services from happy people.
  • Having a happy workforce will increase employee relations(always good)

Happy People are healthier

  • Being happy can add 9  years onto your lifespan.
  • The flu vaccine is more effective on happy people( they probably don’t need it anyway)
  • People who are happy suffer less colds 
  • They take less sick days.
  • They suffer less from stress( stress is the biggest killer we have today)

Happy people have more energy.

  • A nice trait to have when you want to get a project to the finish line.
  • They energize those around them.

Happy people are more creative.

  • “The more outgoing a person is, the more active their dopamine system is and a positive mood increases dopamine activity even further in many parts of the brain”, according to a study by Dr Lorenzo Stafford in Portsmouth University.”People in a good mood are the most creative thinkers because they have more of the “happiness chemical” dopamine”.
  • When was the last time you had a great idea whilst in a bad or stressful mood.

Happy people are much more motivated

  • When you like what you are doing you are in a much more motivated state. Happy employees can see the positives in what they are doing. They usually feel that they have more control and autonomy over what they do in work. We can only feel happy and motivated once we are in control.( just ask the citizens of any dictatorship).
  • Low motivation comes from feeling stressed and unable to change the outcome of your situation.
  • Happiness, energy and motivation go hand in hand.

Happy Friday failure is always an option

6 Jan

What is your business doing differently in 2012

3 Jan

Waking up your workplace

Happy New year to all those wonderful companies helping to create happier more dynamic fun-filled workplaces. Happy new year to all those companies deciding to make changes to the way they view happiness in the workplace for the first time.

Four simple questions for your company this year.

  • What are you going to do this year to increase happiness levels within your company? Have you even tested your staffs levels of happiness?
  • What are you going to do differently in business that will let you stand out from all your competitors? Why would I want to do business with you?
  • What are you going to do to make your company a place that people really want to turn up to each day? To the point that you are an organization that is attracting job applications from energetic and passionate people who have heard how good it is to work with you.
  • Do you want to improve your bottom line?

Ok that was more than four questions but each one of them matters.

The benefits of a happy workforce is outlined here already. Decide to do something different in 2012 and find ways to make your staff feel energized and passionate about working for you. Contact us today for our 2012 Waking up the Workplace programme.

Happy days

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