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“Happiness inspires productivity and sense of belonging”
A work place is where you spent most of your professional and adult life sometimes even to the extent of forgetting the other part of your life. This is a work place where you don’t want the day to end and where tomorrow seems far away to come. A place where it is not for the few but for all and where the culture is inclusive and accommodative. Where you find yourself useful and make a difference, where you can reach your highest potential, where your hard work and commitment is appreciated and rewarded; where there is a lot of learning, sharing and bonding; where there are ups and downs and yet nothing stops except to strive more and more for excellence. If you put all things together this is one place you want to be and stay HAPPY. The happiness and fulfillment that you get out of this is not self-limited but goes further even beyond those you care, respect, protect and love dearly
Unfortunately, there are also the exceptions who feel a work place is just a place where you punch in and punch out, nothing more nothing less. That thinking is way out of fashion and do not apply in the 21st century we live in today. Today we live in a society and environment where creativity, innovation and fast change has become the order of the day. Though not in abundance but depending where you live, you have a choice to work in a place where your service is needed, appreciated and adequately compensated.
We have reached a stage where even working from home has become the norm. What I am not sure yet is weather those working from home are getting the same amount of happiness as those working in the Office. I feel they miss the crowd, the welcome gesture at the gate, the positive nod from a boss passing by, the office politics, enjoying a chat over a cup of coffee and last not least, the compliments they receive from their colleagues for coming smartly dressed and for the make-up they put that day. They all add up to make the work place a HAPPY one.
The contributing factors that make a work place a “HAPPY” one are many in nature and size. It is impossible for any Company or Organization to fulfill all at one time but can introduce few selected ones to start with and then add as time passes. Who is responsible to make a working place a “HAPPY” one? Is it the Boss, management team, HR or the employees? Whoever that source is and happen to do the right thing, there is nothing to lose but gain if not immediate but for sure in the long run. Input from readers on this matter is highly appreciated. Those of you who have had experience working in the environment I have highlighted above a “HAPPY WORK PLACE”, it would be great if you drop a note and share those practices that made a difference to you. Such sharing will go a long way as it will allow or inspire others to emulate such good practices.
As a way to inspire you to do the same, let me share my experience. I have worked for an organization that made a tremendous difference not only in my life but in my family as well. There is no moment in my life that I forget that experience. At that time, the organization valued my contribution and made me feel “I belong and matter” It does not mean everything was rosy or disappointments never existed. They were there but those incidents were not significant enough to stay in my memory compared to the positive ones that were so overwhelming and significantly strong enough to stick in your mind for some time to come.
Back home, there were instances where my children were complaining of my absence from home often. However, when I took them out to show them what I do, why and to whose benefit, not only did they understand me but ushered me with compliments far beyond my expectation. They, since then supported me all the way through. When I see how hard working and committed they are themselves in their respective fields and how much they have achieved in life and their drive for better future, I still raise my hat and give credit to the same organization that gave me the means and the opportunity to feel worthy to myself and my children. I could not think of any reward and happiness in life than this.
A “food for thought” that I would like to share with management is that to never underestimate the power of “listening and empowerment” It is the source for knowledge, wisdom, hope, confidence, performance improvement, building relationship, restoring trust and most of all for doing justice to any decision you have to make.
“The happiest people don’t have the best of everything; they just make the best of everything”
Gateway 4 Youth
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