11 diverse perspectives for finding happiness at workplace and achieving more

Finding happiness in hard work

Finding happiness at work is the secret towards achieving more and being more productive at work. The following perspectives explores 11 different ways for being happy at our workplaces.

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1. If you want to achieve, find happiness.

According to Elyse Gorman from the “Mind body green” magazine, happy people realize that life changes quickly and big transformation is possible. They see when they follow their passions, circumstances, right people and right opportunities appear in their life. They need not know all the steps. They just have a clear vision of the end result, they want to achieve and keep taking steps in that direction .

When you are positive, finding happiness is easy and effortless. your brain is happier and works more successfully and it allows you to focus on the task at hand. If we can raise somebody’s positiveness in the present it increases creativity, intelligence and more energy. Research shows that it results in 31 % more productivity and results in more positive business outcomes.

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2.Have a strong support network.

Have a support network
Have a support network

People who have achieved usually have a strong support network.  Having a support network is a way to be happy and finding happiness. They are typically givers who extend help towards their families and friends. They also have diverse interests and are open to new learning and possibilities. They are open, curious and experience life to the fullest.

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3. Live in the moment – What did you achieve and enjoy today

Live in the moment to be happy
Live in the moment

Living in the moment is a way to be happy. “Achievement” and “enjoyment” are at the core of Work life balance. Both are like two sides of the same coin.

We all know what “achievement” means. For some it is “getting a better job or income” and for some others it is making enough money to settle down” and yet for some it is just “doing a good job today”. But then, in spite of the achievement many of us want to be happy but we are not happy.

It is the enjoyment part that needs to be understood little more. Enjoyment doesn’t mean happiness alone or the “Laughs” It also means sense of satisfaction, pride, celebration, love and well being. These are the joys of living in everyday life.

In a half-awake condition we would say that, I want to enjoy and achieve today. That’s a good start. If we start achieving and enjoying every day of our life, for the rest of our lives, then that’s something. We would have had a pretty good life, having achieved and enjoyed in all the important areas of our life and the balance and value we always desired to be happy and for finding happiness in life and at work.

So ask today, what did I achieve and enjoy today? These are simple concepts but if we follow and implement them for ourselves, for our family and work, it would be a wonderful life lived.

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4.Support and value diversity – How women can achieve equality in the workplace and be happy.

Women's equality
Women’s equality

Annie Marie Slaughter, is a respected American foreign policy expert, who has written a recent book “Unfinished business, women, men work family”. Ms. Slaughter has become a household name in America on how “Women can raise both healthy families and lead a high profile career.

Women need to embrace the concept of masculinity. Even when their men earn less than them or do household chores and take care of children. And yet be sexy and attractive.  Once they embrace this, they can expect to have equality at the workplace. Fair enough

This is a brief from the article which appeared in the Economist, Juggling mums and Halo dads, Oct 10th, 2015.

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5. Overcome your fears and be approachable.

Human speech is the most complex form of communication. We have so many ways to express ideas, feelings. Thoughts, intents, love, desire etc. When you can’t open up to people, they may think that you are unapproachable. Sometimes there is this danger of isolation. Every living being on the planet communicates in some form or the other. Some people have the fear of expressing themselves and sometimes it is hardest thing to do.

Here are some ways, you can follow to overcome these fears and become more approachable while expressing yourself and of course to be happy.

1. Do not fear people’s judgment: Do not fear what other people think about you. Your imagination will create far worst scenarios.

  1. Reading a lot: Reading will help you learn how other people express themselves. Notice the word usage, diction, flow, voice and tone.
  2. Write something on your own: Start by writing on anything. Write letters. Writing organizes your thoughts and sets focus and direction.
  3. Willingness to listen: listen to people’s conversations. Express maturely with thoughtfulness and consideration
  4. Asking questions: Asking questions, is a great way for starting the conversation and expressing yourself.

The ways above will naturally make you to be happy and for finding happiness at work and in life.

Excerpts from ” How to express yourself to others” By Greg S Baker.

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6. Have an effective work-life balance to be happy

According to a report from Telegraph, 60 % of families are putting extra unpaid work just to get their job done. This results in a combination of work pressure, jobs growing too large to be done during normal “work hours” and company culture. Survey found that 58 % say “staying late” is the only way to get the job done. Fathers are more likely to work longer hours than mothers.

There is a move in Sweden to introduce 6 hour a day to increase productivity. In Finland, no-body schedules a meeting after 16.30. Because, everybody understands that we need to go home and be with our families.

A dad’s challenge too

Fortune, recently reported that Half of MBA’s plan to prioritize their families over their careers. And yet 42% of male MBA’s feared that keeping balance in their lives would derail their career ambitions.

Just like public opinion, many employer policies have also failed to recognize the shifts in pysche of working dads. “Boss expects no change in working patterns as a result of they becoming parents”. Working part time is also looked down upon, acccording to Boston college centre for work and family.

Excerpts from Fortune, You’re not alone, Paul Ryan. Work-life balance is a dad issue, too.by Kristen Bellstrom

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7.  Make time and add value for career development and advancement

Sip a cup of coffee. It is a big question we all like to ask ourselves and that too when it concerns our career development and advancement. Our actions make a lot of impact in our workplace, whether we know it or not. These actions need to be measurable and should have valuable outcomes in order for people to take notice and for you to be happy. The more value we contribute, the more they will acknowledge and reward you in return with salary hikes, promotion and job security and the more we will achieve at our workplaces and be happy. This is universal.

While our job description is a list of tasks, how we achieve these tasks through our actions for a more measurable and valuable outcome matters. Our actions on these tasks influences the amount and the degree of value we contribute to the organization.

The following list highlights the ways in which we can add value to our organization and for you to be happy and for finding happiness at workplace.
1. Saving money.
2. Making money.
3. Improving the efficiency and doing things the right way.
4. Making corrective action and preventive action of existing and future problems.

Even as we take up every task from your objectives or job description, we can ask, how I can add value to this task. We can make compelling case from all our achievements and can even include it the next resume. This makes a superior investment and who wouldn’t want to hire such a candidate or give a salary hike.

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8. Be a great partner at home to be happy

Breakfast at home
Cooking at home

“You have to be a ruthless prioritizer” for Work life balance says Brady Stewart, vice president of global E-commerce operations for Levi Strauss & Company.

Brady balances work and life and talks about the live pressing problems of managing her Husband ‘s breakfast office meeting,  her own office conference calls during breakfast, the dogs barking and feeding her son in the midst.  In all this, she has to plan for the evening dinner as well.

It is time squeeze to be a great partner, professional, be in shape and be great at marriage.

We need to fix our priorities to be happy and for finding happiness. Her priorities shape up in this order.

  1. Kids
  2. Relationship
  3. Careers
  4. Staying in shape
  5. Social life

This is an excerpt from the article “Work life balance poses challenges regardless of wealth” which appeared in The New York times

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9. Look good and feel good for being happy – even the bald ones

Firstly, one needs to embrace the bald look. Going bald is a close investigation in contrasts and it steadily grows on a man. When you are balding, one of the redefining styles is that you should start growing your hair on your beard, for we know the fact that male pattern baldness does not affect the beard. It actually makes the person look younger.

You can even try the “buzz cut” look. The “Buzz cut”  works because it camouflages the thinning hair on the top and make you look neat and rounded. Sport a stubble beard along with it. Another one is the “Military crew cut”. It is a great style actually. It creates an illusion of having full hair for the onlooker.

Celebrities like Sean Connery, who is famously known for portraying the character of James bond has carried the bald look with panache and redefined it in many ways and so was Hollywood actor Bruce wills who often sports a beard to compensate his shining pate.

Some might think that growing a beard over a bald head will add years to their look and they might look aged but actually, it gives a balanced look. There are a number of things that men can do to embrace it and for finding happiness. One needs to take care of the dressing as well. Wear a dress that goes with the shape of the head. Regularly shampoo the head well and apply a moisturizer. You are all set for the look you deserve at work. One of the important things for finding happiness at work.

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10. Know what you have to do next at work

Have you figured out the ingredients that make up your dish   (In other words, your mission or what you want to do in your next job). One of those things that comes to us is that your background might be anything, if you have a purpose and a mission, then connecting those threads become easier. It’s like figuring out the ingredients that you make up your dish (your purpose). It could be even your next job for that matter. A sure way to be happy and for finding happiness.

You need to observe and notice that a lot of transference of skills happen. For example, I might have been a global program manager, an IT consultant, a sales man, a waiter and a burger maker at a restaurant.

Each of these roles create different perceptions about me. Let us say for example, if my mission is to “Help people flourish”. Then I have to bring all the roles into context understand how each of the skills, roles, strengths and values will help me do it or “How to go about it” to “Help people flourish”.

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11. Manage conflict at work and at home for finding happiness.

The Gita, How to be happy
The Gita, How to be Happy

The teachings of “The Gita” for career success

Mahatma Gandhi referred to “The Gita” as his spiritual dictionary. There is so much to learn from the “700 verses” of The Gita, a narrative dialogue that happens between Lord Sri Krishna and Arjuna in Hinduism. The teachings emphasizes that all wars start in the minds of people and we need to subdue that mind to attain clarity. The teachings have valuable lessons on managing conflict and how we maintain our relationships in life and at work for career success and most importantly for finding happiness.

Firstly, we need to embrace and accommodate each others shortcoming and flaws to maintain happy and friendly relationships. It is with this element of positiveness that there is a realization that we human beings possess qualities, which are sometimes liked by others and sometimes they are not. We need to embrace this fact of life that we are not liked by everybody all the time. We also need to understand that we will have to be more accommodating with those people, whose qualities we dislike the most.

We cannot build an expectation that for us to be happy, people need to change around us. If we cannot change a person, we have to accept the person as he is. The same expectation is there as well with the people whom we meet, who expects that we change for them. Naturally, a conflict emanates and there is a hindrance to duty.

The relationships we have with people at workplace are far more important for our career success. When the conflict at hand is over a minor matter, then we make an honest and sincere attempt to find merit in the other person’s argument and make him or her succeed. True collaboration comes when we help the other person succeed. When that happens, then in all humbleness it is our success as well.

In all circumstances, have a suitable response which is flexible enough to maintain friendly relationships at the workplace for career success.

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Understanding and embracing cultural diversity in the workplace

Cultural diversity, as diverse as fruits

Understanding and embracing the cultural diversity in a global company.

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In a typical proceeding of a ubiquitous American global conference call, an American manager speaks over the phone “Does anyone have any questions” and there is a notable silence from their Asian counterparts or team members across the globe. No one utters a word. No one speaks. We all have noticed that this is a fact of cultural diversity.

A common notion among people working in global companies is that people operate and behave in the same professional way because all of them work for the same company. This is not the case all the time. There are huge differences in the way people work. When we come to work, we bring with us our own cultural values, perceptions and beliefs into the system.

Cultural diversity
Diversity at workplace

In any setting, we tend to bring in our own style and approach to the work setting and to a social situation. It is like we all are interacting in a huge marriage party and as such, the feelings of chemistry, preferences and archetypes are quite different.

We cannot deny the fact that social upbringing and conditioning invariably comes into the professional setting and so we all are less professional and logical than we think. We see the world through our own experiences and we react or respond to others in the same way. We need to be cognizant of the fact that cultural diversity exists.

As Laura says in her book “The loudest duck”, it is customary in the United States that people are taught  “The squeaky wheel gets the grease” and you will get noticed when you speak up. The Asian or the Chinese counterpart for the same is  “the loudest duck gets shot” and being outspoken is discouraged.

What stands in our way are the familiar lessons in humility. We learn in all humbleness, “when you don’t have anything to say, then don’t say it at all”. What we need to understand and  question ourselves is that how does this translate to the global corporate culture? And how does it influence the way we act and respond to others?

Cultural diversity in grafitti
Cultural diversity in grafitti

Coming back to the situation that happens on our ubiquitous global conference call, if people are more assertive and voice their ideas, they get recognized more at the expense of the ducks who don’t speak at all.

This doesn’t mean that the ducks don’t have ideas at all, it is just that their cultural values stop them. The organization loses on the cultural diversity. A level playing field need to be established in such a way that the ducks also get heard.

In this way, we can achieve the cognitive diversity we are seeking in the company.

Excerpts from “The loudest duck” by Laura Liswood, Senior Advisor, Goldman sachs.

Also read, Real happiness is when you know the ingredients

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