ADD JOY TO JOBS CONSULTANTS CAN BOOST HAPPINESS
IT WAS not long ago for many that the pursuit of happiness was something that started every Friday after clocking off from work.
Today, the concept of workplace happiness has become so popular that it is now a career in itself.
The Happiness Institute’s chief happiness officer and psychologist Dr Timothy Sharp works with businesses to help up the joy levels.
“We act as consultants so we go in, assess their needs and offer coaching,” he said.
“There are some managers that think if people are having too much fun they will not work hard.
“But people are now seeing it as a powerful business tool – you get better performance in every way.”
While it might sound like a Pollyanna principle, Dr Sharp said a hefty dose of reality is needed.
“It’s about ensuring as many employees as possible can find meaning in their work, it’s about physical and mental wellbeing and getting people to get on better,” he said.
Dr Sharp explained that working your dream job is not a requirement for this.
“There are people who are lucky enough to do what they love, but the reality is not everyone will be able to do that,” he said.
“That doesn’t mean that they can’t find ways to enjoy what they do.”
Dr Sharp said creating a happy atmosphere starts with management having a positive focus, showing gratitude and making sure their employees feel valued.
“Look at how you can get people to use what they are best at rather than fix what they are worst at,” he said.
He said the trend of fun offices with perks like ping pong tables and free food may help a bit, but not much.
“People just get used to that stuff,” Dr Sharp said.
“It’s more about how managers treat their people.”
The Happiness Institute’s chief happiness officer Dr Timothy Sharp.