Would you rather have an employee that works independently, finds solutions for client challenges, and proactively implements changes that make the company better or would you rather have an employee who sits and waits for direction. We are happier when we are empowered to make things better. How can you invest in our autonomy?
Would you rather have an employee who is a team player, works across functions, and can work with their peers to get a project completed or an individualist who is stuck at their desk and unable or uncomfortable reaching out to other people on the team? We are happier when we are connected to and helping other people. How can you invest in more team connections?
Would you rather have an employee who is constantly learning, growing with every new challenge, and always looking for ways to improve themselves and the company or would you rather have an employee that is set in their ways and not interested in growing or changing? We are happier when we are learning and growing in our careers and can clearly see potential for future growth. How can you invest in our mastery?
Would you rather have an employee that is excited about the vision and mission of the company and who believes in the company values and the potential of building something better in the world or would you rather have an employee that just does their job and goes home? We are happier when we can believe in something bigger than ourselves. How can you invest in our understanding of the company purpose?
Happier employees are sick less often, get along with their peers better, make better managers, and make more money for themselves and the company. Happiness seems too nebulous for investment, but the characteristics that make employees happier are aligned perfectly with the characteristics that companies want to see in their teams. Are we managing people’s brains, in other words we want them to be engaged and excited or are we managing their butts, we just want them to show up? Manage their brains, invest in happiness, and you will create productivity and success.
Next week in part 2 of this blog we will review the challenges and confusion that interfere with investments in happiness and productivity.