We just celebrated Labor Day, when we take the day off to relax and honor the hard work we do all year ‘round. But you shouldn’t have to take a day off work to enjoy yourself. Making work your happy place can go a long way towards improving your health and well-being. In fact, happiness in the workplace has been proven to increase employee engagement, which boosts productivity.
We often make things more complicated than they need to be. Many a times, solutions to seemingly intractable problems are closer at hand than we realize. So it is with driving employee engagement and turning around corporate fortunes.
A strengthening U.S. economy and an improving job market suggest that the tide is shifting in favor of employees… giving them greater leverage to demand higher wages and a friendlier workplace or options so they can more easily switch jobs.
Just before Valentine’s Day four years ago, an Oregon-based company called Mindvalley decided to spread the love at work - through an event they dubbed Love Week where every worker plays Secret Angel to some other worker, and everyone gets to experience love and appreciation over a five-day work week.
The Wall Street Journal recently ran an article titled “Can Money Buy Happiness?” which, among other things, showed that people were a lot happier when they shared their wealth than when they kept it all to themselves, that “experiences” were far more fulfilling than material acquisitions, and that there were benefits to giving even when people were struggling to meet their own basic needs.