Small business management is one of my loves. Creating a positive culture within your team no matter what the size is hugely important to me and essential in establishing a foundation for success within any business, large or small.
I am fortunate enough to have the opportunity to work both on and in my business, both equally balanced in importance. By staying in the business, albeit only a few days a week, it allows me not only insight into the ongoings of my own team, but the opportunity to speak to people from all walks of life and gain insight to the management systems by which they are employed or themselves implementing.
It never ceases to amaze me how many “leaders” still choose to adopt the “rule with an iron fist” or alternatively, particularly in small business, “micro management” attitude. Shocks me every time and frankly it makes me want to scream; “WAKE UP PEOPLE, GET WITH THE TIMES, THAT ATTITUDE GETS YOU NOWHERE!!!!!!!!!!”
As you can see i am quite passionate about this topic & i could go on for days, but i won’t. I thought i’d start with 10 Very Simple Steps To Finding Happiness At Work.
First of all the entire mood of any business begins with it’s leaders. If your in a leadership position & you’re yelling, screaming and carrying on like a grumpy pork chop then you sure as sh!t can not expect your staff to do any better. It’s that simple. A positive & healthy work culture starts at the top.
Now if you are in the unfortunate position of working underneath a miserable boss & your not yet ready to pull the pin, then lets just focus on what you can do to improve work life culture for now.
Why is happiness in the workplace important?
- Happiness is contagious – I think we can all agree that one determinedly happy employee can lift the spirits of an entire department.
- Unhappiness is even more contagious – The bad news, happiness is even more contagious than happiness, this means we must actively work to spread happiness instead.
- Increased productivity – “Research shows that when people work with a positive mind-set, performance on nearly every level—productivity, creativity, engagement—improves. Yet happiness is perhaps the most misunderstood driver of performance. For one, most people believe that success precedes happiness. “Once I get a promotion, I’ll be happy,” they think. Or, “Once I hit my sales target, I’ll feel great.” But because success is a moving target—as soon as you hit your target, you raise it again—the happiness that results from success is fleeting.” – source Shaun Achor
- Happiness at work does not come from a mission statement – no sir, it comes from me, it comes from you and it comes from the things we do. It does not come just from the “boss”. I know for me i am only person and i was not blessed with the gift of enlightening an entire room full of woman every…single……day. I need help.
10 Very Simple Steps To Finding Happiness At Work
1. Understand happiness looks different on different people – this is hard for people like me that like to scream their excitement from the top of mountain to understand, there are perfectly happy introverts that are quietly just as happy as us loud mouths, everywhere. Happiness does not necessarily mean running around ecstatically all day long, you can sit at your desk quietly and be discreetly happy. You can also be in a stressful meeting in a heated debate and still be happy. Expressing your happiness pays, its finding your own way to do this
2. Positive meetings – don’t always focus on the negative, this constantly reinforces that things are bad, no one wants that. Iv’e been there and my inner child is like “you ungrateful b!tch, whats the point in trying if you don’t even notice?”. Be sure to end every meeting highlighting some positives.
3. Make the choice – “Happiness, like unhappiness, is a proactive choice.” – Stephan Covey. Only you can make the choice every day to be happy and when you do, you’re in charge of you career and your work situation. You are no longer dependant upon the whims of your boss or clleagues.
4. Be positive – This isn’t always easy i know, i have 4 kids & sometimes i come to work and i just want lay on the floor and tell everyone to shut the f*ck up, i get it. BUT psychological research does show that being positive makes you happier and more efficient. Positive people and work places “Get Shit Done!” So give it a go hey?
5. Praise – Guys who doesn’t love praise right? I know i love it, and it’s free, it is very easy to do, it takes literally 2 seconds and the rewards are enormous. And best of all, anyone can praise anyone at any time. Try it, i dare you. I have had staff tell me they’d take praise over money any day (weirdo’s i know but its true).
6. Have fun – I used to work in a salon where we often joked “no laughing or smiling” or was allowed. It was hell. Some people think that you need to be serious and professional in the workplace in order for it to be successful, I’m here to call BS on that. We laugh, muck around, say inappropriate things and dress up like vampires and my salon is pumping ever day of the week. Granted it’s a hair salon but you dont have to be in a creative job to be happy & have a little fun.
7. Learn – this is huge, no matter how much you love your job today if you were to continue doing the same thing every day for years on end eventually any person would want to blow their brains out. Knowledge is POWER! Growing feels good, accept opportunities to gather information and if opportunities don’t present get off your lazy butt and seek them out.
8. Be open – Contribute, voice your ideas and opinions, say what you think and share how your feel. In a constructive manner of course. If your work place doesn’t allow this….. get out.
9. Complain constructively – No job is perfect, there will always be things you dont like or parts of your job that aren’t fun, that’s life. Learning to complain constructively can be a great tool for implementing change, and please note i said constructively no one likes a constant whiner.
10. Help people out – Helping others out shows you value them, i don’t think it takes a genius to explain this one. The biggest gift you can give someone is your time, it truly is invaluable.
I could pretty easily write another 50 points on this but ill save it for another day. What i would really love to hear is examples of positive actions, no matter how big or small that make your workplace a happy place?