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The Key To Job Happiness

The Key To Enjoying Your Job (With a little help from John Lennon)

When I was 5 years old my mother always told me that the key happiness was the key to life. When I went to school they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote, “Happy”. They told me I didn’t understand the assignment and I told them they didn’t understand life.” John Lennon.

You have been given a job title of Supervisor or Manager (or even higher). Your job is to get more things done through other people than you could do alone. You direct a staff, solve problems, and get things done.

Nowhere in that description above does it say anything about being happy in your role. Now, to steal a line from John Lennon: “Maybe you don’t understand the opportunity that comes with your role.”

So where am I going with this? Did you ever multiply 24hrsx60minx60seconds? It’s 86,400 secs every day. And, if you use an 8hr dayx60minx60seconds that’s 28,800 seconds per day that you are at work, getting things done. That’s more time at work with your staff than with family and friends. (Oh, by the way, this same logic applies to your staff with you.) How “happy” are you to be there, doing what you do?

What might “happiness” look like at your job? Have you made it a place you look forward to going to daily? Have you created a workplace culture where you want to spend your 28,800 sec.; because it is “welcoming”; and without “negativism”? Is it because you have made a workplace culture that others want to become a part of? Is it a workplace where people extend value and respect to each other, up-down, and sideways.

My proposition to you is very simple. If YOU would like to spend your 28,800 sec. in this place, I have a very strong feeling so would each member of your staff.

Or. as the Lennon quote suggests; selfishly making your workplace include “HAPPY” for you, it would also be inclusive of HAPPY for the people you work with. That’s a place you look forward to spending time at, and the same for them.

Do you understand the assignment? (IKR)?



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