CNNMoney reported a survey that indicated 84% of Americans are unhappy with their current job. There was one taken by Mercer’s “What’s Working” that found 1 out of every 3 US employees were serious about leaving their current jobs.
As leaders in your company, you may find yourself more engaged and happier than what those statistics suggest. What you may need to become aware of is whether your team members are truly engaged and happy. Why should you spend time and energy on whether they are happy? Think about these statistics:
Happiness has been proven to raise sales by 37% (that can amount to a serious ROI on your time). Happiness increases productivity by 31% and even accuracy on tasks by 19%. Imagine if there were 19% fewer mistakes made at your organization. HERE’s the TedTalk with Shawn Achor, author of The Happiness Advantage: The Seven Principles of Positive Psychology That Fuel Success and Performance at Work.
Research is now showing that only 25% of job success is predicted by IQ, 75% is determined by optimism, social support and ability to see stress as a challenge rather than a threat.
REMEMBER THIS: We don’t become happy when we succeed. What research is showing is that when we are happy, we are more likely TO succeed. Happiness comes first.
TRY THIS: to boost happiness with yourself and team this week.
- Write down 3 new things you are grateful for each day
- Write for 2 minutes a day describing 1 positive experience you had over the past 24 hours (what’s gone right)
- Exercise for just 10 minutes each day
- Meditate for 2 minutes by simply focusing on your breath going in and out
- Write one quick email, first thing in the morning, thanking or praising a member of your team.
The course that Shawn Anchor derived his research from was one on Positive Psychology and is one of the most popular classes at Harvard University. Super smart people are learning the science behind this stuff and applying it to their careers, those of their team members and their organizations.
CONNECT TO THE MEANING of your job: In a survey of 11,000 people, the strongest indicator for meaning was having a positive impact on others. When a group of school fundraisers got to meet and learn more about who benefited from their fund raising, it increased their weekly revenue by 400%. THIS ARTICLE will provide ideas to help connect meaning to what your team members and you are doing daily.
Discovering their strengths is another step towards finding their “flow zone”. You are the only person that can make you happy. Own that this week!
A big shout out to Joey Carleno, a team member who has stepped into an important role with our goMonti.com company and really done a fantastic job! He is using his Business Information Technology degree from Roanoke College to help move us forward at goMonti and also with Cortex. THANK YOU, so much, Joey, for your dedication, hard work, and intelligence in the way you prioritize things to move us forward quickly.