Happiness at Work: If Only It Were Easy

It’s a fact, happy people are more productive, more engaged and quite simply better at just about everything they do. And organizations that cultivate and sustain a positive culture are more innovative, creative, productive and, yes, successful by just about any metric, including profits. So the question is, why don’t business leaders invest in happiness? Why don’t they make it a priority and a goal? The answer is simple. It’s hard. You see, if we believe we can strengthen our teams by giving employees more money, then that’s easy, just write bigger checks. If we think our team members will be more committed if they have more time off, simply change the vacation or PTO policy. Or, if we believe that people will be happier if we give them more rewards for their hard work, well, yep, that’s not very hard either, just schedule more happy hours, put a foosball table in the office or stock better snacks in the break room. The problem is, none of these is a sustainable solution. Research shows that money and other rewards don’t motivate people, yet this is how we think. That’s why employers regularly implement ideas such as these, brag about them and even win awards for “Greatest Place to Work” because of things like big bonuses, free beer, unlimited vacation policies and break rooms with ten different types of cereal. But these things aren’t the answer to creating a great place to work for the long term, a place where team members are loyal, engaged, proud and passionate. Instead, the real answer is both much simpler and much more difficult....
The Happiness Jar

The Happiness Jar

You’ve heard of a bundle of joy, but how about a jar of happiness? The brainchild of our project manager, Jenna, our happiness jar is our newest office tradition here at Happiness Counts. It’s purpose? Simple. Throughout the year, we’ll write down little happy things that happen here (or that we create!) and store it in the jar. At the end of the year, we’ll gather together, empty out the jar, and revel in all the happiness this year has brought us. It’s kind of like a time-capsule, only better. Feel free to join us in creating a jar of your own, and take in all the joy from your year this December! Let’s make happiness...
Great Teams Change the World

Great Teams Change the World

Great teams think less about the competition and more about what’s possible with the talent and resources sitting at the table and available through their network of friends and fans. Great teams come to the table with courage, confidence and enthusiasm. Great teams say things like “Let’s do this because it’s possible and it will change the world!” (And great leaders reply simply, “yes.”) In my company, we are big fans of Little Bets (thanks Peter Sims!). That means that we are willing to try big ideas on a small scale and to explore ideas that can be done with the incredible talents and resources immediately available to us. Little Bets are easy to say yes to. We create these opportunities with big upside and little downside. They give team members a voice, ownership and the opportunity to stretch their wings. And if they don’t work, it’s no big loss, it was a little bet and we just move on to the next one. And if it does work, well, then we’re one step closer to changing the world. Great teams change the...