How to be happy at work
Wellbeing in the workplace is increasingly being recognised as an important factor for company success. Now there is evidence to confirm how we can all contribute to our wellbeing by being happier as individuals, and the steps that we can take to help ourselves and others around us.
The celebrated 75 year longitudinal Grant and Glueck studies led by George Vaillant and Sheldon Glueck have made two main conclusions to date. These being that happiness comes from love and strong relationships, and that alcoholism is a source of great destructive power!
So how can we all make ourselves happier..? Use these tips from the more recent 2015 Harvard study as a guide –
Choose happiness in whatever you do.
If we have a positive mental attitude and see the good in life rather than focusing on the bad we are more likely to be happy as individuals.
47% of those extremely happy said they thoroughly enjoy what they are currently doing versus 14% of everyone else.
49% of those extremely happy said they are already pursuing their dreams versus 18% of everyone else.
67% of those extremely happy said the happiest period of their lives is now versus 20% of everyone else.
Strengthen your closest relationships.
The research suggests that the most important thing you can do to increase your happiness is to invest in your close relationships (whether this is your spouse, partner, parents, siblings or friends etc).
77% of those extremely happy said the state of their relationship was either the “greatest” or “very good” versus 48% of everyone else.
Take care of yourself physically, financially and emotionally.
It’s proven – exercising and taking care of yourself really does lead to greater happiness.
68% of those extremely happy think they are “set” or “on track” for retirement versus 49% of everyone else.
10% of those extremely happy perceive themselves to be under stress versus 42% of everyone else.
As a manager what can you do to create a happier working environment?
- Focus on how your team members feel about what they are doing even more than what they are doing.
- Invest in relationships with your team members.
- Invest in your team members’ physical, financial and emotional well-being.
Overall, the bottom line is happiness is a choice.
At 3equals1 Design, we can help you to evaluate your company’s effectiveness through use of space and make recommendations on how to improve wellbeing and collaboration in the office environment, leading to greater productivity and happiness of staff.
To discuss your company requirements, please contact us for a chat.