Workplace happiness grows one positive action or interaction at a time. Be a role model for workplace happiness and watch it spread. (Photo via Peyri Herrera, Flickr)
Interest in cultivating workplace happiness has exploded in the past year, fueled by a 2010 Gallup report that shocked the business world.
Researchers found that just three in 10 American workers are engaged in their jobs and willing to do all they can to help their organizations and its leadership succeed.
Since the report came out, “a hyper-focus on restoring engagement has become a fully fledged movement in the U.S., with many companies committing themselves to boosting employee happiness as their chosen remedy,” writes Fast Company’s Mark C. Crowley in a must-read Q&A with Gallup CEO Jim Clifton.
Gallup worries that too many well-intentioned companies are approaching employee engagement all wrong.
Do you have a great boss, like Liz Lemon of “30 Rock”? Celebrate National Boss’s Day! (Photo via Huffington Post, courtesy of NBC)
It’s National Boss’s Day (Thursday, Oct. 16) — a perfect time to celebrate your company leaders’ hard work and dedication!
Good bosses don’t have many role models in pop culture. Bad bosses get all the attention — who can forget dictatorial Miranda Priestly in The Devil Wears Prada, boorish micromanager Bill Lumbergh in Office Space, or megalomanic Michael Scott in The Office?
Good bosses are harder to find in movies and on TV, but they do exist and they are inspiring. For comedy, look to Liz Lemon in 30 Rock and Leslie Knope in Parks and Recreation. For drama, a great example is Saving Private Ryan‘s Captain John H. Miller (Tom Hanks), who inspired and carried his close-knit unit through Normandy and war-torn France to find Private James Ryan.
These are the bosses who care about the people they manage, who lead for company excellence rather than personal gain, and who stay positive and solution-focused when times get tough.
The best bosses don’t seek praise: they deserve it
The best bosses in your workplace are likely very self-aware, open to feedback, appreciative of others, and focused on the greater good. An Arizona State University study earlier this year found that the strongest, most effective bosses are humble.
A pumpkin-carving party is a fun, affordable Halloween activity for workplace team building. (Photo via khrawlings, Flickr)
A fantastic opportunity for easy team building is just a couple weeks away: Halloween.
If the extent of your company’s Halloween celebration is a dish of candy corn and a few streamers, you’re missing out.
Engagement, not passive entertainment, is key to successful team building. Halloween is one of the easiest holidays to engage employees in fun activities that everyone will enjoy and that don’t need to break your budget.
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Good news! Rising interest in employee engagement as a business growth tool indicates that – finally – companies are recognizing the strategic and financial value of a great workplace culture.
Discussion on workplace culture is heating up, and now is the perfect time to stay in tune with relevant news, ideas and strategies. Our latest ebook, “The Top 20 Employee Engagement Blogs You Should Be Reading,” is here to get you started on building your daily reading list so you stay current. Best of all, it’s free for you to download.
So what’s the big deal?
Why is employee engagement gaining so much traction?
Reports of Secret Service low morale are a reminder that even the most dedicated employees can become disengaged. (Photo via flickr.com/aon, taken at the White House)
A failure of organizational design and of leadership to engage are the apparent root causes of low morale among employees in the U.S. Secret Service, according to a recent NPR story, “Ex-Agent Cites ‘Progressive Down Slide’ In Morale At Secret Service.”
On one hand, it shouldn’t come as a surprise. Low morale is practically at epidemic levels around the U.S., with about two-thirds of Americans “not engaged” or “actively unengaged” at work. That makes Secret Service employees not so different from the rest of American workers.
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What happens when a company adopts a culture of workplace gratitude? Opportunity for positive transformation starts popping up everywhere — and it only grows.
An uplifting story this week out of Canada highlights how lasting the transformative effects of workplace gratitude can be, even years after an employee leaves.
It also clues us in to the secrets of building lasting workplace gratitude.
A smile, even if you’re “faking” it, is scientifically proven to lift your mood. Try it right now! (Photo via Capture the Uncapturable, Flickr)
World Smile Day, held this year on Friday, Oct. 3, is an easy and fun opportunity to celebrate workplace happiness and learn more about the everyday power of smiling.
WORKPLACE HAPPINESS BEGINS WITH A SMILE
World Smile Day has its origins in 1963 when commercial artist Harvey Ball created the smiley face to boost employee morale at an insurance agency in Worcester, Mass.
Ball’s happy yellow “smiley” has since become an iconic symbol of happiness and goodwill around the world. Ball thought everyone should devote one day each year to smiles and kind acts, and – in 1999 – declared the first Friday in October World Smile Day.
“The smiley face knows no politics, no geography and no religion. Harvey’s idea was that for at least one day each year, neither should we,” explains the Harvey Ball World Smile Foundation, founded after Ball’s death in 2001.
Do your employees coach after-school sports or attend parent-teacher conferences? They’ll appreciate the flex time to make this possible. (Photo via U.S. Army, Flickr)
Employee appreciation efforts typically focus on rewards and recognition for what happens in the workplace — a well-done project, a stand-out sales month or a team luncheon.
But a comprehensive employee appreciation program should also consider what happens outside the workplace.
This is especially important during the school year, when parents and others often have demanding obligations related to childcare, after-school activities, college tours and more.
Be mindful of the obligations your employees have outside work during the school year. Valuing employee time both at and outside of work is a great step toward building employee engagement and fostering feelings of appreciation.
Read on to find out why showing appreciation during the school year helps parents and non-parents alike and fosters a workplace culture committed to productivity, respect and gratitude.
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Great workplace leaders have great reading lists – and they know engaged employees are the foundation of great workplace cultures.
In this FREE one-of-a-kind eBook, “The Top 20 Employee Engagement Blogs You Should Be Reading”, we’ll connect you with top employee engagement thought leaders so you’ll have everything you need to take employee engagement in your workplace to the next level.
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