The science of happiness
20th June 2017
What if you would know how to be and stay happy every day?
And what if you could apply this to your company and the people in it?
There’s 3 types of happiness:
Rock star: chasing the high – this type of happiness is hard to sustain over time
Flow: engagement – time flies, lasts longer than the Rock Star happiness
Meaning and highest form of purpose: this is the most lasting form of happiness and should be the kind of happiness you pursue.
There is actually a science behind happiness and here is a few frameworks:
- Perceived Control
- To give you an example of giving your employees perceived control: At Zappos they have 15-20 different skill sets you can learn at the call center and as a result get a raise in your salary. The feeling of control of your own raise and professional development results in happier employees.
- Perceived Progress
- Instead of employees having to work 18 months in a position to move onto the next position, break it up in 6 month chunks with assistant to senior in the job, like they do at Zappos. The % of people feeling progress and being happy will increase.
- Encourage people to connect in their spare time. The results will be that they are happier and more efficient when they’re in the office.
- Vision / meaning – being part of something bigger than yourself makes you happy
Recommended books on the subject
Peak by Chip Conley
Tribal Leadership by Dave Logan, John King and Halee Fischer-Wright
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