From Aristotle to Einstein and all the way to Steve Jobs, since times unknown, famous people have said and written a lot about the importance of virtues like integrity and passion in life.
Loving what you do and being truthful to your work boil down to one thing — happiness. Workplace happiness and well-being are subjective, but important parts of an overall workplace ecosystem.
A Danish term Arbedjsglæde sums it up. Arbedjsglæde as a word means the happiness that we derive from ‘doing’ something — reflective of a sense of well-being that is triggered when you feel good about your work and feel involved in professional commitment.
Happiness at work in integrated into various individual aspects like personality traits, perception, and complex multilayered factors like emotional intelligence, which together affects the degree to which one feels comfortable in a professional situation.
From the perspective of an organisation, happy employees are engaged, more creative, and more productive. In his book titled ‘The Happiness Advantage,’ Shawn Achor claims that a company with happy employees could increase its sales by 37% and productivity by 31%. This directly results in a high-performance work atmosphere and makes happiness a part of the performance culture.
From multiplying successes to building positivity and reducing stress, there are ample to be happy at work. It’s no wonder, then, that Google and McDonald’s now appoint Chief Happiness Officers along with Chief Executive Officers (CEO) and Chief Financial Officers (CFO).
Happiness is rightly called a way of life. Because workplace or home, we may seek it everywhere, but it dwells within.
Spark Makki is Head of English Content at Cicero & Bernay Public Relations, an independent PR agency headquartered in Dubai offering new-age public relations consultancy to the UAE and across the MENA region. | www.cbpr.me