On March 20th, 2016, thousands of people around the world took the pledge to support International Happiness Day. But, with stress-related absences on the rise in workplaces due to poor communication, unrealistic expectations, workplace conflict, and perceived fear of job loss, is it possible or realistic to expect employees to feel happy … at work? Positive psychology approaches would say yes! Although we may have good reasons not to be happy at work, we should aim to broaden our understanding of happiness so it is much more than just being in a good mood at any given moment (Huffington Post, n.d.). Rather, it is our ability to feel good and function effectively that expands this focus by connecting with others, having a sense of purpose in what we do, and accomplishing the things that matter to us (Huffington Post, n.d.).
Waking up every morning to go to work is difficult for many of us, and not being a morning person doesn’t help either. Getting up everyday for a job you don’t like is even harder.
According to a survey carried out by Capital One, the majority of Canadians, some 69%, are very satisfied with their current place of employment and do not plan on leaving anytime soon (Wright, 2014). This number is quite high and reflects well on Canadian workplaces. That is not to say that all of the remaining 31% absolutely hate their job and want to quit immediately. However, there may be a small (but nonetheless important) percentage of employees out there who are experiencing extremely low job satisfaction and are thinking about leaving their job or career as a solution to their current dissatisfaction.
Incorporating fun at work is essential for increasing employee motivation, productivity, and reducing stress (Karl, Peluchette, Hall, & Harland, 2005). A Step Ahead is a new and popular wellness game developed by Mike Tinney, chief executive of Fitness Interactive Experience. With a story that unravels over the course of each of the challenge’s 6 week episodes, teams race from safe house to safe house, building up to a climactic rescue attempt. By incorporating team-based and socially-connected challenges, A Step Ahead has effectively put a fun spin on conventional pedometer programs.
Do you feel happy at your job? Do you enjoy the work that you are doing? According to a recent study, most people do!
Being overworked, feeling burnt out, and experiencing workplace happiness at the same time seem like concepts that don’t go together, but according to this recent study, they go hand in hand. But how?
How far should we go to find out whether our employees are happy?
There are some new devices and technologies on the market that can detect the mood of the wearer. Using a specific algorithm, the devices or apps monitor a set of factors that give an overall rating of someone’s happiness.
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