Shared Meaning and Happiness At The WorkPlace - A Requisite?


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Happiness and finding meaning are subjective concepts. However, happiness at the workplace is essential to building a productive work environment.

Finding happiness

Staying on the road of happiness at the workplace being subjective, for some people, monetary benefits can be equated with job satisfaction; some might strive for recognition of their work and lose motivation on failing to achieve it. For others, working in a friendly environment is essential. No matter what the standards are, being content with individual careers is crucial to maintaining ‘work-life’ balance.

Staying motivated

As early as 1943, long before ‘happiness at work’ became popular, Maslow published his theory of human motivation. He arranged the universal needs of man in the well-known pyramid. While this theory is true, recent findings suggest that our happiness at work is mainly determined by the people you work with and its purpose.

Building Relationships

It should come as no surprise that employees who foster a constructive working relationship with their manager and colleagues are one of the happiest at work. A well-known fact – happy employees are committed and productive.

Sharing values is caring

The presence of shared values in the workplace can have a surprisingly profound impact on productivity and profits. It’s one of 14 key drivers of Employee Engagement. Shared values often go hand-in-hand with friendship — a corresponding driver that influences the degree to which people feel cared for by colleagues.

Discussions off the floor

Discussing the better aspects of the job with a fellow colleague can foster a sense of togetherness and improve performance. “Resonance” – when others can share and relate to our happiness and purpose, it encourages growth and belongingness, we become one unified enterprise.

Both friendship and shared values can have a big impact on engagement. They lead to stronger social connections at work, which research has found to boost productivity. In short, a happy employee means a happy company.

Madhura Ashokkumar
Consultant Psychologist