Finding happiness on the job…

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This month’s View From the Q post references the Forbes’ happiest jobs in America article that also turned into an interesting class discussion earlier this week.  Paul’s question about happiness on the job resolves the inconsistencies I felt were found in the study Forbes references.  Considering the inconsistencies in the study and my personal happiness, is it plausible to correlate happiness on the job to the following characteristics regardless of title, education, etc.:

Dynamic

Most of us hate being bored and thrive on being able to do different things.  It’s a win-win.  This is the small business advantage.

 Autonomy 

Most of us have opinions and appreciate the ability to express them, even if it doesn’t work out our way all of the time.   (Hint: RSA’s-Pink’s-Drive) 

Meaning

If what we’re doing doesn’t mean anything to us, why do it at all?  Happiness is easy when you end your day knowing you’ve somehow made a difference and contributed to something larger than yourself.  (Hint: Maslow)

 Respect

Enter any conversation and one of the first things to be asked is what you do.  What we do largely defines it, as it should.  Most of us spend quite a bit of time doing it. Happiness comes from feeling what we do is respected… when that question can be answered with pride and passion.

This month, Paul specifically asks us if we’re happy on the job… Truly, I couldn’t be happier.  While there are certainly frustrating components, the benefits always outweigh the costs at the end of the day.  (Hint: Equity Theory)  

The fabulous niche of marketing quality and general instruction (education) are components of myself  that I’m most proud of.  Two things drive my job happiness in a nutshell:

1. Knowing that someone or something will be better because of something I’ve communicated or done

2. Knowing that there are not many other things I would rather be doing with my time

 “Happiness is not simply something that happens to us. It’s something that we make happen, and it results from us doing our best.”  ~Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

2 Comments

2 Comments

  1. Jonathan Nituch  •  Apr 19, 2012 @2:06 pm

    Creating an environment like Jennifer is describing is important for any company. At Fortress, we strive to provide a good work/life balance, work from home opportunities and a strong team environment. Organizational performance comes from the team of people that form the group. Creating a great work environment makes for a work experience that is both more pleasant and more productive.

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