What is your path to happiness?
When was the last time you wanted something, worked really hard for it, and a few days after getting it, thought: ‘Is that it?’ or ‘I need something else.’ This is a challenge faced by many, when looking for happiness. However, sustainable happiness comes from a clear understanding of our values-based goals, and the everyday steps we take to reach them. We should appreciate all mini-wins along the way, yet understand them as steps towards the bigger goals.
Most of us spend about half of our awake time during the weekdays working. We should certainly look for inspiration, fun and satisfaction during that time, and our employers have a role in that. Providing 1-2 times a year lectures for employees about well-being, nutrition, motivation, etc. has been proven unsustainable in the long run. Same applies to offering different programs while hoping that at least some employees will participate. Employees are different, and we should aspire to understand individual needs, before providing services that may or may not be beneficial to engagement, productivity and happiness.
The organizations that understand individual employee experience, and set out to help staff in a meaningful way, will be long-term winners. It’s not just about salary, bonuses or a corner office, but the everyday steps that we can take in the right direction.