12 Questions Employees Need to Ask Themselves and Managers Need to Consider

If you’ve noticed, many of our recent posts have been centering on the employee experience: how to make the workplace better for everyone. With all those posts in mind, I’d thought I’d find a resource that summarizes well what we’ve talked about over the past couple of weeks. Here are some interesting insights (and questions) that come from “the largest worldwide study ...

The Dark Side of Happiness

The Dark Side of Happiness (Friedman 94-97) We all want to be happy; it's a natural desire in us all. Many of us spend our lives trying to be happy, or to find the 'secret of eternal happiness' (if such a thing exists). Whether we realize it or not, most of our decisions are made with our happiness in mind. And with good ...

6 Things Happy Workplaces Can Learn from a Casino (Part 2)

Be sure to check out Part 1 if you've missed it! 4) Experiences are more rewarding than objects (Friedman 89-90) Psychological research has shown that experiences provide a greater happiness boost than material objects. Why is this the case? 1) "Because experiences tend to involve other people, and being in the company of others increases our happiness." 2) "Experiences expose us to new ideas and surroundings, ...

6 Things Happy Workplaces Can Learn from a Casino (Part 1)

Think about your last casino experience... Did you spend more money than you planned to? Chances are you did. It’s not surprising when you find out that casinos use psychological techniques to attract us, increase our tolerance for risk, increase our desire to gamble and always keep us coming for more. To name a few (Friedman 81-82): The emotional roller coaster of winning and ...

“The 7 Hidden Reasons Employees Leave” – Reason #7

Reason #7: Loss of Trust and Confidence in Senior Leaders As we discussed in last week’s post, trust is a crucial element in the success of any team, anywhere. In big organizations, it’s vital that senior leaders create a culture of trust and integrity that is communicated to all employees and felt by them. https://www.ted.com/talks/worklife_with_adam_grant_creative_burstiness_at_the_daily_show?referrer=playlist-worklife_with_adam_grant&utm_campaign=tedspread&utm_medium=referral&utm_source=tedcomshare The consulting firm Watson-Wyatt has found that companies with ...