There’s been a lot of debate recently about the relevance of happiness at work: is it a fad, does it actually link with engagement levels and can it influence business productivity?
Firstly, it’s important to clarify what kind of happiness is being debated. This isn’t the quick-fix superficial forms of happiness associated with momentary amusement, pleasure or even ‘what’s-in-it-for-me’ type attitudes, but the healthier kind that comes from deeper within and is associated with well-being and long-term fulfilment. The Greeks described this type of happiness as Eudaimonia.
The good news is that research is suggesting work and employment can indeed drive happiness and happiness can in turn shape the performance and productivity of organisations. De Neve and Ward’s studies into global Happiness at Work describe this as a ‘complex and dynamic relationship’. So how should small businesses be spreading the joy of happiness among their teams this Christmas? Unfortunately, there is no single magical formula or ‘off-the-shelf’ solution.
Simon-Thomas in her The Science of Happiness at Work series, suggests there are four key pillars to happiness: purpose, engagement, resilience and kindness. Using these as inspiration, I hope you will find the following list gives you and your people plenty of good ideas and seasonal cheer!
Needless to say, you will need to adapt and flex these ideas to fit within the operational requirements and needs of your own people and business. Whatever you decide, I hope you have a happy and fulfilling time!