Monday Motivation - August 20, 2018


Good Morning – it is Monday once again! I have a question for you. On Sunday night, what are your thoughts, feelings and words that cross your mind as it relates to Monday? Are you equally as excited about Monday as you are about Friday? If you are honest with yourself, the answer is probably NO, more times than not. But, what if you changed the way you think about Monday? What if you change the messages you tell yourself about Monday? Remember – the thoughts you think and the words you speak create your world and your experiences.You have a lot of choice in this situation. Embrace every day; whether it is Monday or whether it is Saturday. Life is truly a GIFT. Every day is an opportunity. Every moment is a privilege. Remember - “The little things? The little moments? They aren’t little” (Jon Kabat-Zinn). Your day will go the way the corners of your mouth turn; so, SMILE 😊

This week I want to talk about happiness and the work environment. Should you or can you expect to be happy at work? We spend a lot of our time at work. Many people do not feel fulfilled or happy at work. So, if you do not choose to be happy in your work environment; or if you choose to work in an environment that does not make you happy, then you are spending a large amount of your time in a state of feeling unfulfilled. At the end of the day, happiness matters at work as much as it does in your personal life.

The science of happiness is changing the way we work, think and live. Happiness is a prerequisite for success; not simply a byproduct. In this context, how is happiness defined? Martin Seligman, pioneer of positive psychology, broke happiness into 3 components: pleasure, engagement and meaning. His studies confirmed that people who only pursue the pleasure part of happiness receive only a part of what happiness can bring. However, those who pursue all three lead the fullest lives. So, as Shawn Achor states, “happiness is not all about smiley faces and rainbows; it is about the joy we feel when we are striving after our potential”.

After a decade of psychological research and inquiry into what makes people happy, the value happy employees bring to work has gained the attention of the business world. Employee happiness is increasingly becoming an imperative in business.Why? Let’s look at a few statistics regarding the bottom line impact for companies whose employees are happy and engaged.

Research and studies have found that happiness raises nearly every business outcome:

  • 31% more productivity,

  • 37% increase in sales,

  • 19% increase in accuracy,

  • Faster problem solving,

  • More collaborative and creative environments,

  • Increases in profitability, and

  • Stock prices of Fortune’s “100 Best Companies to Work For” rose 14% per year while companies not listed only reported a 6% increase.

Additionally, in a landmark meta-study of over 200 studies conducted on 275,000 people worldwide, psychologists Lyubomirsky, King and Diener, found that happiness leads to success in nearly every life domain; including work performance, health, longevity, relationships, sociability, creativity and energy.

To increase the happiness quotient at work, it is important to focus on creating a positive and healthy culture. Some ways to do this are:

  • Caring for and being interested in colleagues and friends,

  • Providing support for one another, including offering kindness and compassion when others are struggling,

  • Avoiding blame and forgiving mistakes,

  • Inspiring one another at work,

  • Emphasizing the meaningfulness of the work, and

  • Treating one another with respect, gratitude, trust and integrity.

As a leader you can create this type of work environment through:

  • Fostering social connections (social connections at work produce highly desirable results - people want to show up to work more often),

  • Showing empathy (leaders who demonstrate compassion toward employees foster more resilience in challenging times),

  • Going out of your way to help (this inspires employees to become more committed and loyal), and

  • Encouraging people to talk to you; creating psychological safety (employees who feel less fear are willing to take risks, experiment and innovate more).

A positive work climate creates a positive work culture, which boosts commitment, engagement and performance. Positive workplaces are more successful over time and achieve higher levels of organizational effectiveness, financial outcomes, customer satisfaction, productivity and employee engagement.

Finding joy and happiness at work is a win/win. It is good for the business and it is good for you, the employee. Creating and contributing to a work environment that is fun, happy and productive is not easy; but the more you try, the dividends will pay off for everyone involved.

What will you do this week to contribute positively to your work environment?

I hope you have a happy, fulfilling week. Take Care 😊.

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